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Ideas of Home Inspirational spaces from the finest interior designers, architects, and builders in Charlotte

no . 47 • mar/apr 2018


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The Exclusives 146 Ideas Of Home Inspiration for your spaces from Charlotte’s most talented designers and builders

180 A Home That Lives A beautiful Myers Park renovation from Gerrard Builders

186 Seamlessly Modern Artistic Contractors brings modern West Coast sensibilities to the lake

192 In Step With Life An artful mix of modern and classic from Lisa Sherry Interieurs

House of Nomad Dining Room featured in Ideas of Home.

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Driven To Create Pottery is not only businessman Jim Keffer’s creative outlet, but his way to give back


Sally King Benedict The renowned artist shows her work at Hidell Brooks gallery in South End




Hushpuppies and handpies The Kindreds’ new LKN eatery Hello, Sailor


Trade & Lore A coffeehouse in NoDa


The Perfect Mix Meet the founders of Navy Hill



Haberdish’s Deviled Eggs A delicious Southern treat in NoDa


Angeline’s Mussels A new uptown Italian staple


J. Sam’s Charcuterie A meat and cheese board in SouthPark


Fig Tree’s Dixie Popper The perfect cocktail in Elizabeth


Merchant & Trade’s Wanderlust A classic reimagined in Uptown




In The Moment See the talented Justin “Jut” McErlain’s images


Marge & Rudy Q&A with local handbag maker Rachel Dortch


Core Strength Arthur Pulley of HSM | Core elevates exercise to a whole new level



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Development Through Design Kimberly Brewer Nawn of KBN Interiors brings her expert eye and unique finesse to a growing city’s needs


A Storied Home Shelby Storey Blackburn’s new space brings interior design expertise and retail together


At Home With House Of Harris A new page for sisters Charlotte Lucas and Liz Carroll as they perfect textile design


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Hospitality & History Aiken, SC is steeped in rich equine history and Southern hospitality, as is the hotel at its heart: The Willcox


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Ideas of Home Last year I purchased my first home. The experience was rewarding but it definitely wasn’t easy. The entire process was a roller coaster ride. You endure countless showings of homes that look far better on a screen than they do in real life. You spend hours upon hours getting all the paperwork together to get your home loan approved. Then you find “the one.” You make an offer on it but they take a better one. After several more weeks of looking, you find your second “the one” and put in an offer. They accept and you’re so excited. Then the inspection reveals that you have five windows that need to be replaced and there’s an issue with the HVAC. Will the sellers fix it? Can I deal with these issues? Do I want to walk away and start over again? Finally though, after months of hard work and frustration, everything comes together and you get the keys. This is when the truth really hits you. Just when you think the process is over, it’s actually only just begun. And that’s what this issue is dedicated to: turning that house into your perfect home. If buying the house ranks high on your list of challenging experiences, transforming the house into a sanctuary ranks even higher. There’s just so much to choose and do. What color paint should we use in the dining room? What syle of furniture


are we going to have in the living room? What kind of art do we want to hang on the walls? What hardware would look best with our cabinets? Do we want to keep the light fixtures in the foyer or change them out? The questions go on and on. I found some of the answers I was looking for by scouring my favorite magazines for inspiration, checking on Pinterest for ideas, visiting my favorite stores to see decor, and talking to talented people in the industry here in Charlotte. Then it dawned on me: Let’s use our next home and design issue to help with these questions. So, we got together with Charlotte’s most talented designers, builders, and purveyors and had them each share one favorite space with us. What we ended up with is a 40-some-odd-page compilation of inspiring local spaces from people who truly understand good design. For us at QC Exclusive, the intention of good design, beyond utility of course, is to make you feel a particular way when you are in that space. No matter if you want to feel happy or comfortable or inspired, your space should help conjure that emotion. We just hope that this design collection helps you, even in the slightest, create a space that makes you feel the way you deserve. That to us is the idea of home. Sincerely, Jon-Paul Grice, Editor


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3/17/18 - 5/12/18 - Jerald Melberg Gallery proudly presents Wolf Kahn: A Fifty Year Survey, a retrospective exhibition of paintings and pastels by the internationally acclaimed artist. New work will be shown alongside art from the past five decades, allowing viewers the opportunity to enjoy the subtle progressions Kahn has made in his career. Kahn has been represented by Jerald Melberg Gallery since the gallery’s opening.

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Through 3/11/18 | Art & Orchids at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens |


2/2/18 - 3/11/18 - Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens has paired its collection of gorgeous orchids with some of the finest Egyptian tapestries in this year’s Art & Orchids exhibit. In 1952, Egyptian architect Ramses Wissa Wassef began an “experiment in creativity.” Convinced that everyone is born with artistic gifts that develop only through practicing a craft from early childhood, Wissa Wassef installed looms in a workshop and invited children to learn to weave. His experiment rapidly demonstrated that any child is able to create works of staggering beauty and skill, confirming that innate creativity can grow with a child into adulthood. This workshop became the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in the Harrania Village of Giza, Egypt where artists continue to create tapestries today. A collection of two dozen



garden-themed tapestries celebrating flowers of the desert, villages, and the Nile will be on display at the Garden where visitors will also discover a collection of Egyptian plants within the Orchid Conservatory.

2/17/18 - Starting in Ballantyne, this course follows South Charlotte’s McMullen Greenway to 4 Mile Creek along beautiful paved trails. This distance is rare, challenging, and lots of fun.



2/16/18 - Grab your friends and family and crank up those competitive juices because it’s Game Night at Bechtler By Night! Challenge other competitors to Bechtler trivia in the lobby, where you can win great prizes for showing off your trivia knowledge. Don’t forget to show your steady hand with giant jenga (also in the lobby) and create your own works of art in the style of Bechtler collection artists in the second floor classroom.

2/19/18 - Which plants have medicinal properties? What was the role of Native Americans in teaching us about these properties? What are the erosive and climatic forces shaping evolutionary change in these plants? Why are so many different plant and tree species starting to die out, and what can naturalists, biologists, and scientists do to diminish those critical problems? Come find out.


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2/20/18 - Karina Corrigan, curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, will examine the influence of imported Asian porcelain, textiles, lacquer, and other luxury goods on decorative arts produced in seventeenthcentury Holland. Her talk derives from a special exhibition of the same title coorganized by the Peabody Essex Museum and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. For the first time ever, Rain will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular in addition to all your early favorites. ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

2/22/18 - It’s party time in the Mint studios. Go on an after-hours tour of the early 20th century collection, enjoy an adult beverage with a friend, and create your own mixed media creation.

2/27-28/18 - Alvin Ailey believes that now, more than ever, we need the power of dance to bring us all together and connect us by our common humanity. Engage your emotions when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns with contemporary works that touch on timely topics and the beloved classic Revelations. This New York-based company will visit Charlotte in a rare opportunity to experience this level of talent.



2/25/18 - Rain, at the Blumenthal, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the

2/28/17 - Join the New Gallery for the opening of Stephen Wilson’s latest


Shine a Light exhibit. The show will run from February to March 2018, and will debut a completely new series by the artist. Stephen Wilson is a conceptual artist known for work that blends high fashion, traditional quilting, and Americana. He has been an industry leader in both the fashion embroidery and home embroidery world, as well as an industry speaker, writer, and educator. SHAPING ART HISTORY

2/28/18 - Join Friends of the Mint for a program with Adam Justice, artist and Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at The Mint Museum. Adam will speak about important moments in Art History. CSO ON THE GO

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The Eventist // March 2018 hall, but to the whole community. This performance features the music of Wagner and Mozart. SOUTH END GALLERY CRAWL

3/2/18 - The South End Gallery Crawl is a signature neighborhood event that happens on the first Friday evening of every month. Many of the galleries (and the occasional unconventional space like a furniture store or coffee shop under construction) will stay open late to host lively receptions for new exhibits with music, food and drink, and an opportunity to meet the artists. The galleries are always rotating interesting displays. CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY

3/2/18 - 3/3/18 - In this tribute, Jim Curry tips his hat to beloved singer-songwriter John Denver with hits like “Annie’s Song” and “Eagle and the Hawk.”



3/3/18 - A big man with a big sound, two-time Grammy Award winner, Gregory Porter has quickly become one of jazz’s most important male vocalists, and a soul-drenched singer often at his best delivering his emotionally charged original songs.

3/9/18 - After receiving rave reviews in London, Javier de Frutos and the Pet Shop Boys’ The Most Incredible Thing makes its American debut right here in Charlotte. Audiences young and old are sure to enjoy this fairytale pop ballet of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable about a king who holds a competition to determine who can make the “most incredible thing.”


3/6/18 - Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in music.


3/9/18 - 3/10/18 - More than 180 quilts will be on display at the Union County Agricultural Center along with special exhibits, local and regional vendors, raffle prizes, and a boutique by the Quilters Guild. RAVEL LEFT HAND PIANO CONCERTO

3/9/18 - 3/10/18 - Acclaimed pianist Leon Fleisher joins Christopher Warren-

Favorites On View Through March 10

The Gallery Staff Has Chosen Their Personal Favorites An Interestingly Diverse Exhibition

Robert Kushner, JOHNNY JUMP-UP II, 2014, Collage, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 10 1/2 x 10 inches


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The Eventist // March 2018 Green for a moving performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. CLASSIC BLACK CINEMA SERIES

3/11/18 - The Classic Black Cinema Series was designed as a vehicle to expose the community to the vast artistic value black film has had throughout the years. In the film St. Louis Blues Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but Will can’t stay away from the music of the streets. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer, convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from his father while he writes and publishes many blues songs. At last, after many years, the family is reunited when Gogo brings them to New York to see Will’s music played by a symphony orchestra.



3/15/18 - Eileen Gray: Designer and Architect examines the history of Gray’s architectural creations, including E.1027, one of the most famous houses in architectural history, built in Roquebrune, France, in 1926. This modernist L-shaped flat-roofed building sits seaside and utilizes natural light and ventilation. It was designed, said Gray, for a “minimum of space and maximum of comfort.” E.1027 has today been declared a French national monument and is presently being restored.

3/17/18 - Wine and dine on small plate tastings and tour the new installation A Different Kind of Modern: American Scene Painting: 1933-1955. 5K FOAM FEST


3/17/18 - 5K Foam Fest has 22 of some of the best and most exciting obstacles in the world, including the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, slip and slides, and mucky mud pits! Combine these with 2.5 million cubic feet of foam that’s pumped out at each event and you are destined to have an awesome day.

3/17/18 - Back for the 4th year, this annual class will incorporate a selected beer from each featured South End brewery into a pub-style menu. These dishes will be an exciting twist on classic Irish and British flavors, perfect for the season and upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

3/17/18 - The Green River Revival is back for its ninth year as the U.S. National Whitewater Center kicks off their 2018 festival calendar. The festivities begin with the Color Me Green 5K Trail Run, where participants will need the luck of the Irish to avoid or embrace the green


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The Eventist // March 2018 dye as they run their way through the trail system. The festivities continue with yoga, followed by the highly anticipated moment when the river turns as green as a four leaf clover, accompanied by live music from the River Jam stage. The Terrace Access Party offers a premiere view of the music, festivities, and the bright green rushing river. The Terrace Access opens at 12:30pm and goes until 5pm, offering food (from 1:30pm3:30pm), private cash bar, indoor and outdoor seating, restrooms, and exclusive viewing area. UPTOWN CHARLOTTE FOOD TOURS

3/18/18 - Explore the culinary mecca found in dynamic Uptown Charlotte. The tour will start out at the 7th Street Market and make its way through the busy city streets, sampling farm to table restaurants, wonderful wine or champagne, fabulous pastries and more! You’ll meet the artisans who create these incredible culinary dishes and find

out what motivates them, learn about Charlotte’s deep histor,y, and view the architectural beauty the city offers. NILS NORSTRAND

3/19/18 - Join Nils Norstrand at Mint Museum Randolph for a look at the history of Hostas, growth requirements, troubleshooting, and tips for healthier plants. What started out as a hobby grew to a backyard business, and Nils has grown hosta professionally for the last 11+ years. He is now considered a leading provider of hosta for the Carolina piedmont and beyond. He is the owner of North State Hostas, the leading provider of hosta for the Carolina Piedmont and beyond. He is a member of the American Hosta Society and American Hosta Growers Association and is a certified grower through the NCDOA. Nils will be happy to answer any of your questions about hostas.


3/19/18 - There is a new revolution occurring in health today. That revolution is... you. In the face of environmental toxins, potential epidemics, superbugs, and the accelerated aging process, the significance of achieving optimum health has never been more crucial— and the burden to achieve it now rests on individuals making the right lifestyle choices every day. Join New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra as he shares new insights from his latest work The Healing Self and explores some of the most important and baffling questions on wellbeing. UNTOLD STORIES

3/21/18 - Hear about the glass collection at the Toledo Museum of Art with special guest Diane Wright, Curator of Glass & Decorative Arts at the Toledo Museum of Art, the Delhom Service League, and Friends of the Mint.

PLEIN AIR EN PROVENCE April 12 th - May 26 th , 2018 Mary Erickson and friends, featuring Mary Erickson, Don Demers and their voyaging friends. A retrospective of the group’s work from their travels around Provence, France. Paintings blooming with color, richness and wanderlust.

Mary Erickson, Bonnieux Roses, Oil on linen, 8” x 6”


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The Eventist // March 2018 ADULT CRAFTING PART Y

3/22/18 - Go on an after-hours tour of collections, enjoy an adult beverage with a friend, and create your own needle felted work of art. BERNSTEIN AT 100

3/23/18 - 3/24/18 - Celebrate the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, presented alongside his Symphony No. 1 and Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront. SOUL OF THE SOUTH UPTOWN TOUR

3/23/18 - Uptown Charlotte may be the business center of a modern and fast-growing city, but it is also the center of Charlotte’s culinary community, which is rooted in Southern traditions and flavors. Sample and sip your way through Uptown Charlotte’s best representations of the region and explore the influence of Southern heritage on Charlotte’s cuisine, inspired by family recipes, fresh local produce, and modern twists on traditional fare. Savor local craft beers and enjoy wine pairings and tastings between strolls along city streets to see examples of Charlotte’s past peeking through its modern façade. SLAMCHARLOT TE POETRY SLAM

3/23/18 - Blumenthal Performing Arts’ monthly Poetry Slams are hosted by SlamCharlotte, Charlotte’s own two-time national championship team of spoken word poetry (2007 & 2008). SlamCharlotte strives to promote poetic growth, performance enhancement, and increased camaraderie among the poets and the community through their competitions. NEW SOUTH TRAIL MARATHON

3/24/18 - The New South Trail Marathon and Half Marathon are back



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3/27/18 - Sign up for Chef Alyssa’s Kosher Passover Cooking class and learn how to cook four courses, including salmon with fennel butter, root vegetable kugel, pomegranate and ginger glazed chicken, and pavlova with berry compote.

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3/29/18 - Komen Charlotte’s Laugh for the Cure® is an event that generates hundreds of laughs and thousands of dollars toward investing in breakthrough research and community education to prevent and cure breast cancer. Since its inception in 2002, through the comprehensive efforts and support of volunteers, donors and event participants, Laugh for the Cure® has raised over one million dollars. Its founder, Tammy Greyshock, has made it her mission for the last 17 years to work and serve on behalf of individuals in need of critical breast health care. Tammy’s mother is a 30-year cancer survivor and has also had two aunts diagnosed with breast cancer, one of whom passed away in 2016 from the disease. DELTA RAE

3/30/18 - Six-piece band Delta Rae hails from Durham, NC, with Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes fronting the robust group with sultry harmonies rounded out by Holljes’ brothers Eric (vocals, piano) and Ian (vocals, guitar) as well as Mike McK-


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3/31/18 - NoDa, Charlotte’s Historic Arts District, is bustling with a vibrant nightlife and live music scene, creative eateries, colorful art, and thriving craft breweries. Connect with the entrepreneurs, chefs, and artisans who make NoDa their home and learn how their unique skills and stories come together to craft the flavors of the area. Gather around the table for chef-driven comfort foods, stroll along historic streets full of mill town character, and go behind-thescenes at a brewery to learn about Charlotte’s award-winning craft beer industry.

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Pottery is not only businessman Jim Keffer’s creative outlet but his way to give back.

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People are always more than they seem. The age-old expression ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover’ has proven true time and time again, and, whenever we think we have someone figured out, they swoop in, amaze us, and show us something new. Our latest source of surprise and inspiration came from Jim Keffer—yes, that Jim Keffer. You may know him as the owner and operator of Charlotte’s Keffer Auto Group. A distinguished businessman, Keffer’s life and career is seemingly dominated by the auto-sales industry and all that it takes to keep that up as a thriving business. But there’s something more driving Jim Keffer: art. When he isn’t running his businesses, you’ll find Keffer tinkering with beautiful pottery.


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Like many of his peers, Jim Keffer only sought out Appalachian State’s Introduction to Pottery class for an easy A in college. Soon, Keffer was spending his days and nights in the studio, and developed a real passion for pottery throwing. But, as with most things we love in our youth, Keffer’s art had to take a back seat for the remainder of his college years. Thirty years and a hugely successful career later, Keffer found pottery again when he made the acquaintance of his now close friend and fellow potter Lambeth Marshall. Through Marshall, Keffer was able to reignite his love for pottery and delve back into the work he once enjoyed so much. Now, in the humble garage studio space that he’s allocated for himself, Keffer crafts his works of clay. And it isn’t merely a creative outlet, rather Keffer’s aim is a noble one: to create gallery-worthy pieces, sell them, and promptly give all of the proceeds back to charity.




The Culture // Musings

“I’ve always believed in paying it forward and giving back​. Having the opportunity to help others is the right thing to do and feels great.”

“The auto sales business and pottery-making are completely different endeavors,” Keffer explains, “but I have a wide range of interests, and participating in activities that are completely different helps satisfy my desire to get the most out of life with the gifts that I have been given.” Jim Keffer has surprised us in the best possible way: “I’ve always believed in paying it forward and giving back​. Helping others is the right thing to do and feels great.” info


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Sally King Benedict at Hidell Brooks The nationally recognized artist brings her paintings to this popular South End art gallery words SUNNY HUBLER photo courtesy SALLY KING BENEDICT


Hidell Brooks is bringing the talented Atlanta artist Sally King Benedict to Charlotte for a nearly month-long exhibit. From March 2 to March 28, Benedict’s new paintings and works on paper will be on display. Benedict has a national reputation enhanced by her famous face series that received praise and accolades from enthusiasts and collectors throughout the country. She has shown her work at recognized galleries like Georgia’s Spalding Nix Fine Art and has been featured in the likes of Southern Living and Garden & Gun. Possibly most impressive is the list of collaborators she has worked with. You can see her strokes on pieces from national brand and local Charlotte jewelry makers Twine & Twig, accessory maker Lizzie Furtunato, stationary brand Mac & Murphy, and wallpaper company Serena and Lily.

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Benedict is especially enthused about the current works on paper coming to Hidell Brooks. These pieces exude an artistic dichotomy: The lines and shapes serve up an element of effortlessness while the range of color enhanced by the paper’s textures add a depth and complexity that will surely impress. If you enjoy colorful, well-composed abstracts, this is probably a show you shouldn’t miss.

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IN THE MOM EN T Justin “Jut” McErlain’s photos move beyond the single image and bring his emotions to the viewer. words COREY MILLER photos JUSTIN MCERLAIN portraits JAMEY PRICE The first time Justin McErlain, branded “Uncle Jut” by family, picked up a camera, it was three years ago. The South Jersey transplant had moved to Charlotte years ago for work, but the distance from his large family left him feeling as if something was missing. After eyeing a friend’s Canon and learning a few editing tips, Jut came across a Black Friday special he couldn’t resist, and brought home his very first camera. He’s since become a well-known name in Charlotte’s photography scene, not only for his unique photos and obvious skills, but for the kind of man he is behind the lens and the inspirations that have shaped him.




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“I could look back at every photo I’ve ever taken, and it brings me back to that moment.”

“My family has influenced every part of it,” says Jut, a beloved uncle with nine nieces and nephews. “I don’t get to see my family as often, and for me, when I take a photo and I share it, I know that they’re going to be the first ones to see the photo. They know how passionate I am about photography, so when they see that, I feel like it brings me closer to them.”


That passion stems from Jut’s need to share, to not just show a nice photo, but spread it to loved ones and retell the story behind the moment it captures. “Wherever I am or whoever I’m with and whatever we’re shooting, there’s a moment around that,” says Jut. “I could look back at every photo I’ve ever taken, and it brings me back to that moment.

By focusing on those moments when looking through his shots, Jut takes the feelings with him through the entire editing process, where he tries to not only capture the clarity of the shot, but the underlying mood it holds. “For me it comes down to the composition,” says Jut. “You know, what’s the story in the 1-by-1 crop or that 4-by-4

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“I’m just trying to emulate what I see with my own eyes, trying to show that to the viewers through a lens.”

crop or whatever it is... Just trying to emulate what I see with my own eyes, trying to show that to the viewers through a lens.” The compositions often take on many different forms, from architecture and urban scenes to wildlife and natural


landscapes. He’s shot wild horses alongside his cousin and father, city skylines of both his hometown and Charlotte, and street scenes with his friends after exploring the city late at night. With each shot, Jut is able to find something he connects with, then uses his edit-

ing techniques to draw that connection out, usually by making the colors pop or by exaggerating his dark, ominous feel of the photos—a look that Jut tends to gravitate toward. Surprisingly, though, some of his favorite photos include none of those dark

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“I don’t get to see my family as often, and for me, when I take a photo and I share it, I know that they’re going to be the first ones to see it. I feel like [photography] brings me closer to them.”

overtures, and are instead deemed the best because of the memory attached to them, like the photo of his late grandfather’s birthday wishes, which the family had written up and tossed out to sea in a wine bottle. “Sure enough, that bottle had washed up,” recalls Jut. “I was able to capture the perfect shot with the bottle in the sand. One of the messages in that bottle was clear as day. It said ‘happy birthday Pop, we miss you.’ The sun was rising behind that bottle, and a seagull was flying behind the bottle in the perfect spot. It’s moments like these that Jut can’t help but want to relive and share with those closest to him, and through photography, he’s finally able to do so. With clean editing skills, the understanding of great composition, and a little spontaneity, Jut’s photos show viewers just what he was feeling in that moment, just as he would show his own family. info / @unclejut


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Marge and Rudy QC Exclusive chats with the talented Rachel Dortch of Marge and Rudy, a luxe goods company known for their quality handmade handbags. interview CHANAHRA FLETCHER photos JAMEY PRICE

Charlotte’s own Marge and Rudy is putting a spin on handmade handbags. After working alongside her husband in their own custom furniture design and manufacturing company, Marge and Rudy’s owner, Rachel Dortch, became keenly aware of how much waste the fabric scraps from furniture pieces accumulated. Because she hated the idea of sending these beautiful, yet unconventional, scraps to the local landfill, Dortch developed the idea to repurpose the scraps in a new and beautiful way: by making them into custom design handbags. Thus, Marge and Rudy—named after Rachel’s fashion-forward parents—was born, and, like always, we’ve got the exclusive behind how these bags are made and how to get your hands on one.


How did you learn to design handbags? Since I was in charge of most fabric selections for our business, I developed a network of resources as well as my own aesthetic. I had taken several sewing classes when my children were little, and used the same sewing principles to make my first handbag. My background in interior design has nurtured my sense of design, and, since then, I have taught myself how to use different leather craft tools and assembly techniques. What does the handbag-making process entail? The source of inspiration for the design is always different. Sometimes, I sketch handbag designs for utilitarian purposes; other times, the design comes from pure aesthetics, and I form a design idea from seeing a particular piece of leather. The next step is just getting down to math and pattern-making, then cutting, sewing, assembling, and adding hardware.

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Where and how do you acquire the materials you use to make your handbags? After closing our furniture business, I sought out local remnant suppliers. Now, I have several vendors that I use for whole leather hides, remnants and scraps, hardware, or liner fabrics. I try to minimize my carbon footprint, so all of my leather suppliers are located in North Carolina.


Do you craft all of your pieces out of your home yourself, or do you work with a team from a studio? I started in my home, sewing in a tiny sun room, cutting out bags on the ping pong table in my kids’ playroom, making all of my handbags myself from start to finish. I now have a beautiful light-filled studio with ample space for cutting, sewing, applying hardware and storage. I still work alone, but—when his schedule allows—I

coerce my husband to work with me in the studio. He is crazy talented at cutting and pattern making, and it is always nice to have company in the studio. Your handbags have a rustic, Southern flair to them. What influences this style? I have lived in the South all of my life— I grew up in Nashville, and have lived in Charlotte for the past 26 years. I feel

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“My bags have a laid-back Southern, indie feel to them. My design reflects that lifestyle, and I choose leathers that embody that feel as well.” most at home in jeans, a t-shirt, and a well worn pair of Frye boots, and I’m sure my roots influence my style. My bags have a laid-back Southern, indie feel to them, which is reminiscent of Nashville’s vibe. My design reflects that lifestyle, and I choose leathers that embody that feel as well: natural, strong but supple, and with the natural markings that show the unique character and beauty of the leather. What is the vision you have for Marge and Rudy in the near future? My immediate goal is to expand my line and continue to reach those customers interested in handmade items that are well crafted and design oriented, but I don’t want to carry the same bag as everyone else, and feel it would water down the artistry and appreciation of a hand-crafted bag if I tried to mass-produce my designs. I believe handmade items are special, and by their nature are coveted for their uniqueness and limited quantity. info / @margeandrudy

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Core Strength Arthur Pulley of HSM | Core elevates exercise to a whole new level interview CHANAHRA FLETCHER photos JAMEY PRICE or courtesy HSM | CORE

“Training is not just the workout— it is developing a personal connection with each of your clients.” Have you heard of it yet? HSM | Core is the newest way to get your body into its best shape. Created by mother-anddaughter duo Liz and Clary Hilliard, HSM | Core is an exercise method that puts your body to the test. The minds behind the original Hilliard Studio Method combined their Method with the power of the Lagree Fitness MS3 Megaformer machine to create a lowimpact, high-intensity total body workout that centers around the core.


Not familiar with the Megaformer? It’s a machine, using adjustable springloaded resistance, that you spend the entire class on. The fitness powerhouses immediately knew they needed someone special to lead this studio. As Head Trainer of the Hilliard’s HSM | Core studio, Arthur Pulley has added his own flare and expertise to round it all out. Arthur sat down with us to talk about how he uses his extensive background in fitness in combination

with the Hilliard Studio Method and the Lagree Fitness MS3 Megaformer to provide efficient workouts, optimal results, and lasting impressions. Arthur, when did your love for personal fitness begin? My love for personal fitness began in high school, as I saw the difference it made in my athleticism, appearance, and overall confidence, but recovery from a serious ankle injury that led to a major weight gain

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“I want clients to leave HSM | Core feeling strong—like they can conquer whatever life throws at them today— because they can.”

is what really ignited my passion. I had to learn how to lose weight in a healthy fashion while working around the injury. As I learned more about it, I wanted to share that knowledge with others. How has your background in athletics, coaching, and fitness helped you transition into the personal trainer world? Throughout my fitness career, I have worked with all types: from athletes looking to improve and people looking to lose weight or gain muscle, to working with clients in rehab from heart conditions or Parkinson’s. I believe my background in sports and coaching gave me the drive to not only be the best personal trainer I can be, but also to encourage clients to give me their very best effort during a workout. Training is not just the workout — it is developing a personal connection with each of your clients. I also understand that, with hard work and effort, most goals are attainable, and I try to pass that along to my clients.


How were you introduced to the megaformer, and how does this technique differ from other modes of exercise? I was introduced to the Megaformer by Liz and Clary Hilliard. Together, through experimentation and training by Lagree Fitness, we developed the techniques we use at HSM | Core. We exercise multiple muscle groups and the core using slow and controlled movements during each exercise—making sure that each client’s body is worked to the edge. With the coaches cueing each exercise step by step, providing advancements and modifications as needed, our workout provides muscle building, toning, cardio and flexibility in 40 high-energy, low-impact minutes. I don’t believe any other workout works the core like we do. Do your classes require clients to have a certain level of fitness experience, or is the Hilliard Studio Method and megaformer workout friendly to beginners as well?

All are welcome at HSM | Core. We are able to accommodate the most seasoned workout fanatics and beginners alike through our use of modifications and advancements. I think there’s an intimidation factor when it comes to the workout, but I want anyone thinking about trying HSM | Core to know that we are here to help clients at any level! What is the impression that you and the staff at HSM | Core would like to leave on your clients? At HSM | Core, we pride ourselves on providing clients with an outstanding workout, great instruction, second-tonone customer service, and an overall memorable experience. That said, not only do I want clients to walk out the door feeling like they’ve just had an amazing workout, I want them to leave HSM | Core feeling strong—like they can conquer whatever life throws at them today—because they can. info @hsmcore

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How Palm Springs Got Hitched to a Carolina Fish Camp at Lake Norman’s Hello, Sailor

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Hushpuppies & Hand Pies

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When approached with the prospect of opening a new restaurant on the property that was once one of Lake Norman’s most beloved dives, Joe Kindred responded with a statement that’s noticeably well-rehearsed: “I’ll have to talk to Katy about it.” Smart man. Katy, of course, is Joe’s wife, the other half of the visionary duo that turned a tiny 100-year-old brick building on Davidson’s Main Street into a nationally-recognized foodie sensation. Despite Kindred’s wild success, the couple knew their next venture couldn’t be a carbon copy of Charlotte’s culinary darling. It had to be different, but different how? The next history-laden location would determine that, they figured. And Joe had just found it. “Oh great,” Katy thought. “Another Joe idea.” But then she visited this place on the water, listening as the increasingly giddy chef ran through the possibilities. A Lake Norman native, Joe remembers when the lakefront property was still Harbor Lights—a no-holds-barred fish “Fish camps are just fun,” Katy says. “We love going to them. camp serving everything from popcorn shrimp to pork tenWe wanted to capture that kind of fun, but put a modern update derloin and ‘ba-loney’ sandwiches. It’ll come as little surprise on it with some weirdness. And Palm Springs is… well, there’s to anyone familiar with his tendency tonot really anywhere else like it in the ward full flavor that young Joe Kindred world. It’s funky, quirky, and kind of “was there all the time.” stuck in time—in a good way.” Chicago-born Katy, meanwhile, found That’s Hello, Sailor. The name is a herself wondering how people manage to little tongue-in-cheek because the confind this hideaway in little old Cornelius. cept is so. Silly without being ridiculous, It was both the dead end of a road and Hello, Sailor is carefully playful. The res the lonely occupant of a cove. Contoured taurant’s entrance greets visitors in rickety charm, the fixer-upper—with with the unlikely reality that Frank its sprawling deck-with-a-view, twentyLloyd Wright exists in the same unisomething docks, and tiki bar-in-waitverse as strategically placed, shame-Katy Kindred ing—was a diamond in the rough. An oalessly self-promotional restaurant mersis in the middle of nowhere. The Palm chandise. The paper placemat menu, a Springs of Lake Norman, Katy Kindred thought, jokingly at relic of a simpler time, got an aesthetically pleasing update. And first. But then a bonkers vision of fried seafood in mid-centuthese are just first impressions. Throughout, the Carolina seary digs wouldn’t go away, and the words “hello, sailor” rolled food joint gets a contemporary facelift while the mid-century off the tongue way too easily. ‘modernity’ of it all gets muddled. The place is less serious than

“Fish camps are just fun. We wanted to capture that kind of fun, but put a modern update on it with some weirdness.”


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“We’re having fun here. We’re chefdriven, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Have a piece of pie.” -Justin Burke-Samson

its West Coast brethren and more fun than inland seafood has any right to be. It isn’t Kindred, but much of what makes Kindred work also suits Hello, Sailor. Katy’s eye for cohesive interiors, for one, ensures that the Palm Springs hotel vibe is immersive, from the bar to the bathrooms. Her front-of-house game hasn’t slouched any either: Fine dining or no, good service at Sailor is a priority. It shows. Blake Pope, the jack-of-all-hip-trades who has been with the Kindreds since day one, brings the same level of care to branding. He’s also found time to craft a bar menu which filters alcohol into an institution that, by its nature, has always been nonalcoholic. “I grew up around Rowan County, going to fish camps with my grandma, Ada,” Blake recalls. “They didn’t sell alcohol, and still don’t, to my knowledge. For me, this was about breathing new life into an American institution.” And so the bar slings 40-ounce Miller High Lifes and cocktails in marlinshaped tiki mugs. This ain’t your grandma’s Sunday haunt, but grandma Pope would probably be proud. Pastry chef Justin Burke-Samson, meanwhile, takes all those classically unrefined desserts from your childhood and reveals just how refined they might’ve


been the whole time. Sailor’s soft serve embraces the essential marshmallowy consistency but reinvents that base with Italian meringue. Lake Norman summer, meet Justin. You two should get along. And then there are the hand pies, which must be enjoyed with as little haste as possible.


Justin Burke-Samson’s hand pies are a deep-fried, sugar-coated crisp on the outside, and a gooey, fruity mess on the inside. To dumb down their tooth-achy sweetness just a little, they’re tossed in sugar and salt. This savory-sweet coating complements the richness of the distinctive crust—oh yeah, they’re fried in beef fat—but it also says “hey, this is a dessert, so get prepared.” Oh, and there’s a new filling every week.

Justin is hell-bent on reviving nostalgic desserts in a way that reminds us why they became fondly remembered in the first place: His latest addition to the Sailor menu is a German chocolate poke cake that’s just like “something his grandma would’ve made for a potluck.” A massive

prism of thick, fudgy chocolate, every slice is filled and topped with delightfully unavoidable chunks of coconut. “We’re having fun here,” Justin says of his desserts, but he’s really speaking for the whole of Hello, Sailor. “We’re chef-driven, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Have a piece of pie.” Saving room for pie, though an absolute necessity, won’t be easy. In this new kitchen, Chef Joe Kindred is once again utterly in his element: This place is a hometown playground for him, and nostalgia lurks in every ounce of breading. “At some point in the last year,” Joe laughs, “the team and I got really excited about Standard Breading Procedure: flour, egg wash, breadcrumbs.” That was right around the time Joe recruited Hello, Sailor’s Chef de Cuisine, Craig Deihl—a Lowcountry name synonymous with chef-driven indulgence… and versatility. A twotime James Beard semifinalist for Best Chefs in America (and nominee two other times), Craig achieved national fame for the sheer creativity in his work at Charleston’s Cypress and Artisan Meat Share. Despite his renown in one of the South’s great food cities, the newest addition to Sailor’s crew is humbly thrilled by the freedom that comes with cheffing the place.

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“We’re rethinking the classic fish camp dishes alongside the chef-driven stuff that pulls people out of their comfort zones.

I’m just excited that we get to play with food here.” -Craig Deihl “There’s a nautical theme,” Craig says, “but we’re also going to focus on steaks and chops and other things people are comfortable with. Still, we’re running sunchokes and caviar and hamachi poke. We’re rethinking the classic fish camp dishes alongside the chef-driven stuff that pulls people out of their comfort zones. I’m just excited that we get to play with food here.” If the kitchen at Hello, Sailor has a mantra, that’s probably it: Play with your food. The one rule of the fish camp menu is that there are no rules. “On the bologna sandwich,” Joe recalls, “I wanted slaw, you know—Carolina style. Katy wanted it Chicago style, so I said ‘fine, but I’m adding Duke’s


Mayonnaise,’ and she looked at me like I had three heads. Then Craig decided we should smoke the bologna. So it’s… Chicagoish.” That’s an origin story typical of every item you can order here. Everything else on that sheet of paper gets the same playful experimentation, often finding simple but inspired ways to mash up California technique with Southern flavor—or vice versa. Watermelon comes with sea salt and chile. The Crab Louie salad gets brown butter saltines. East Coast and West Coast oysters are hilariously pitted against each other (and labeled, naturally, with the glowering mugs of Biggie and Tupac). The real star of the whole show, of course, has seen

the most extensive tests, earning its status as the inaugural course of every meal: No seafood joint can exist without hushpuppies. It is written. Somewhere.


A dichotomy of deep-fried crunch and heavenly fluff, Hello, Sailor’s hushpuppies are the epitome of simple food made memorably complex. Their just-browned-enough exterior, when breached, releases the unmistakable aroma of their base: Jimmy Red Cornmeal from South Carolina’s Geechie Boy Mill.

Photo of Hello, Sailor hushpuppies by Blake Pope



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“To get the best hushpuppy,” Joe explains, “we had to find the best cornmeal.” They’ve found it. The pups are hearty but miraculously airy: Cubes of ice-cold butter, thrown into the mix at the last second, fix the batter with a beignetlike consistency, while the texture of fresh-grated onions offsets that buoyancy. They’re so good you don’t even need the yuzu kosho honey butter. But then again, you do. This (frighteningly) affordable starter finds Joe Kindred trying his damnedest to dethrone his own milk bread.

sandwich. Despite the bird’s otherworldly tastiness, Joe alleges it’s not their best effort, because “the best one isn’t ready yet.” The seafood breading,

“At some point in the last year, the team and I got really excited about Standard Breading Procedure: flour, egg wash, breadcrumbs.” -Joe Kindred

Finally, the Calabash-style bits continue that tradition of ongoing refinement. Joe doesn’t do Calabash per se—it’s his take rather than a simple imitation. The kitchen has spent a year and a half perfecting their chicken


on the other hand, might just be right where they want it—if Joe’s sermonizing on the subject is any indication. “It’s all about that even coating, man. You need a big thing to dredge your stuff

in. Shake the excess off, push it down in the flour, and shake it to make sure every part of it is hydrated…” Joe closes his eyes here, probably to help him visualize the swirling cosmic beauty of it all. “And then you get it: that perfect crispiness.” These are the intonations of a man in love. The whole concept feels very near to the chef’s heart because, well, it is: The legendary Harbor Lights menu from Joe’s childhood hangs in his office. There’s a Piedmont-bred authenticity to each dish that makes every patron a close friend of the chef. His other restaurant may bear the name, but it’s at Hello, Sailor, over Friday night fish platters, that we become part of the Kindred family. info @hellosailornc

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Trade and Lore A conversation with Lindsey Pitman, owner of NoDa coffee house Trade and Lore words JESSICA MOORE photos JAMEY PRICE

“I get obsessed and I don’t sleep for months because I want to do something right.”


The Daily Press was once a hip coffee spot located inside The Evening Muse in NoDa. Since its closing, creator and owner Lindsey Pitman has been unleashing her love for coffee in Asheville alongside her business partner Sarah Winkler. To extend their passions back into Charlotte, the two have developed a new coffee shop under her original LLC, Trade and Lore, above Salud Beer Shop. “I get obsessed and I don’t sleep for months because I want to do something right,” she says. When you meet Lindsey, also of the recent Hyde Brewing/Suffolk Punch venture, you quickly realize you are being transported into her world. It’s a world that is full of care and love for all things coffee. From origin to final product, she is there to explain every part of the process. She got started in the prep side of coffee, simple brewing. Instead of the next logical step—learning to roast—her goal has been to go back to the origin to understand the growth and the technology behind the plant. Currently, she is gearing up for her second trip to Panama to do just that. The excitement is all over Lindsey’s face when she describes how fun it is to create flavor pairings. There are specific flavors in the beans of each region around the world, like in Kenya, Uganda, or Columbia. Understanding them and working to craft a delicious coffee drink are what Trade and Lore does beautifully. They try to purchase ninety percent of their products locally and like to work closely with nonprofit organizations.

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The Spread // Tastemaker Coffee Sodas, Draft Coffee and More A unique offering from Trade and Lore is their coffee sodas. Many people enjoy the smell of coffee but are not keen on the taste. For them, coffee soda is a great soft introduction to a different way to enjoy coffee. Their draft coffee has an amazingly deep taste that you can mix with any one of their syrups, flavored waters, or in-house seltzer water. Their syrups are made from scratch with no synthetic chemicals or ingredients. They will also grind beans for you or create drinks to your liking. “I wanted to swing a whole new trend, a community hangout and inspirational space for education.” Coffee education is something Lindsey deeply wants to share. Her knowledge goes beyond her decade of working in the coffee industry. The desire to share her experiences stems from a willingness to go above and beyond, to help coffee farmers and educate the rest of us about the process. It’s important for us to understand and appreciate what we are putting into our bodies, and at what cost. Better quality coffee gives you more energy because it’s fresh. In her visits to Panama, she has learned these farmers simply want to be able to put their kids through school and have food on the table. They want to feel more connected with the people that are selling their coffee, to put out a good product, and to be represented well. It can be a win-win as long as everyone is aware of the truth about what is being advertised to you as fair trade, farm-to-table, or organic.

“I wanted to swing a whole new trend, a community hangout and inspirational space for education.” Did you know that coffee beans are fermented? Much like wine and beer, the experimentation of controlling yeast is becoming more popular with coffee. In the past there have been primarily two types: dry fermentation, which only works in certain climates due to molding issues, and washed fermentation, which removes all of the fruit. Recently, a honey process has been introduced. It removes the fruit but leaves the pulp. The experimentation comes into play when different cultures are added at this stage. Typically, farmers in certain regions can’t make nearly as much as farmers in other regions because of supply and demand, across the world. These farmers have a chance to level the playing field a bit and gain a bigger share with this ability. For example, you could use strains from an Ethiopian coffee plant on your fermentation tanks in Brazil to achieve that desired flavor. Since these farmers make hardly any money on their crops, these tests could be costly and they might have wasted an entire harvesting season if something goes wrong… but the benefits could be equally as great.


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Coffee Classes Coming Look for Latte Art classes and Crossover classes about how beer and coffee are similar and how beer and wine are similar. There will also be an attempt to have monthly meetups for “history nerds,” a label Lindsey applies to herself.


The idea is to take one country at a time, and study the cultural, political, and economic history as you sip on a cup of coffee made from beans farmed there— creating a full-circle experience. Most of us would love to have a fancy latte or expensive cup of coffee on a daily basis, but that’s not always a cheap habit.

That being said, the value of knowledge behind where your coffee comes from is priceless. Trade and Lore is here to help you create balance in your coffee choices, so you can savor that cup, and also appreciate its origins every now and again. info • #uptownstunner

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The Perfect Mix Navy Hill’s refreshing line of mixers hits Charlotte shelves. words SUNNY HUBLER photos courtesy NAVY HILL photos by PALINDRONE CREATIVE


cocktail enthusiasts can rejoice. Born from a rooftop bar in Richmond, VA, Navy Hill’s refreshing mixer line seeks to fill a long-felt gap in the cocktail world. When tonics are too sweet and club soda just isn’t enough, Navy Hill offers a premium blend of the two, creating the perfect complement to any liquor. As most bar-world ideas begin, Navy Hill’s three founders—Jenny Lucas, whose family has roots in Charlotte, Amanda Coulbourn, and Katie Williams—came up with the


idea for Navy Hill over drinks. Struggling with the weakness of a vodka soda and the sweetness of a vodka tonic, they asked their bartender to mix the two, a combination she immediately recognized as a “sonic.” Seeing space in the liquor world for a top shelf version of the drink, the trio came up with a brand that paid tribute to the city of Richmond, also known as “The City of Seven Hills.” Named after one of those original hills, Navy Hill launched in June of 2017 and has taken the idea of the sonic and revitalized it into

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Navy Hill’s owners Amanda Coulbourn, Jenny Lucas, and Katie Williams

“The beauty of [Navy Hill] is in its simplicity.”

the all-natural mixer they sell today. “The beauty of our product is in its simplicity,” notes Lucas. “We all enjoy it simply poured over our liquor of choice—vodka, gin, tequila, rum, bourbon… anything.” Navy Hill currently comes in three unique flavors: Ginger, Juniper, and their Original blend. The Original takes on the body of a tonic lightened with grapefruit, cardamom, and lemongrass. Their Ginger offers a lighter alternative to


ginger beer, while their Juniper, inspired by the classic Gin and Tonic, encompasses the unique notes of the juniper berry. All flavors are naturally infused with electrolytes, devoid of artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup, and crafted with high-quality ingredients. Four-packs of Navy Hill can be found in Charlotte at any Reid’s FIne Food and Bonnie Budd. info

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Haberdish’s Deviled Eggs words LIZA CARRASQUILLO

The food from Haberdish is a nod to NoDa’s historic roots, inspired by the mill town culture and cooking it was built upon. Influenced by migrants from the rural Piedmont and Appalachian Mountains, the mill town became a potluck of flavors and techniques—all brought together by Haberdish. Served up family-style with your choice of craft cocktails, Haberdish elevates even the simplest of foods to something reminiscent of the fresh flavors of the historic South.


With perfectly smoked egg whites, fresh chives, and smoked paprika, Haberdish’s Smoked Deviled Eggs are a prime example. Sink your teeth into the creamy filling as the egg bursts with a subtle smokiness. The paprika coats your mouth with just the right amount of heat, and the chives add the perfect crunch to make each bite of this dish even better than the last. Order a shareable platter alongside a cocktail to sample these unique Southern flavors for yourself.


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When in Rome, this is how you shellfish: Like much of the most daring Italian cuisine, Angeline’s mussel entrée steals ideas from around the Mediterranean, deftly combining them with flavors from the Peninsula itself. Local mussels share their appointed space with peasant bread and the delicacy that is nduja—a kind of spreadable salumi that, frankly, is one of my favorite


things chefs are toying with right now. It’s all tied together with Sardinian fregola and the garlic, tomato, and chili pepper goodness of housemade arrabbiata sauce salumi. A smattering of new trend and Old World technique, this bowled explosion of rich Mediterranean flavor is emblematic of everything Charlotte’s latest Italian-American spot wants to be.


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J. Sam Daniels, of the eponymous South Park restaurant, knows his wine. But, as any knowledgeable wine or spirits connoisseur knows, sometimes it takes a little more than the liquid itself to excite the fibers of your tastebuds. J. Sam’s charcuterie board was made to ensure that each palate bursts with the flavors from the mixtures of their perfectly-aged wines, roasted and smoked meats, and bold cheeses. The charcuterie board, one of his many gourmet offerings, presents a diverse array of dairy options, ranging from Spanish Mahon, Red Dragon, Provolone Fiaschetto,

and Dolce di Pecoroni cow cheeses to Cocoa Cardona and Gorgonzola Picante goat cheese. These hard and soft cheeses are complemented with meats such as duck prosciutto, lomo Americano speck, wild boar salami, and salami gentile. Placed on top of toasted Duke’s Bread baguettes and dolloped with a dot of locally-made jam, J. Sam’s completed board successfully provides the most diverse and tastefully pleasing companion to the savory wines served up in the restaurant. info

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Fig Tree’s Dixie Popper words SUNNY HUBLER photo JAMEY PRICE

The Fig Tree is beloved for inventive fine food and an incredibly extensive wine list, but this drink secures their spot on the cocktail map, too. The Dixie Popper is crafted with Charlestonmade Dixie Southern Vodka, plum bitters, St. Germain and fresh jalapeños. It’s crisp and clean with a healthy dose of a jalapeño bite to round

everything out. It’s flavorful without being too spicy, and light enough to drink with really anything on the Fig Tree menu. That’s perhaps what we love most about this drink: You can’t go to Fig Tree without saving room for the Elk Chop. info



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Merchant & Trade’s Wanderlust words COREY MILLER photo JAMEY PRICE

Served atop the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, Merchant & Trade’s cocktail program is nothing if not boozy. In the rooftop lounge’s imminently toastable Wanderlust, Old Forester bourbon unites with that most tongue-twisting of herbal liqueurs, Fernet-Branca. The syrup in this cocktail is anything but simple: It combines extracted date and vanilla for an accent that works brilliantly with the boozy nature of the drink. The Wanderlust may look like a Manhattan, but, as its name suggests, it’s not quite that defined by one city. Garnished playfully (and aromatically) with expressed orange peel and cinnamon, it’s the perfect conclusion to a pleasant evening on a definitively Charlotte rooftop. info


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Development Through Design

The Folio // Foundation Left photo by Jamey Price. Top right photo by Joe Purvis. Bottom right photo by Metropolis Iconic Shots.


As Charlotte grows at an increasingly rapid rate, it strikes me that perhaps the most essential characters to this city’s development are those behind the scenes: the designers, the builders, the architects—the people quite literally shaping the look of the Queen City in 2018, 2019, and beyond. You may only see of them the homes, buildings, and interior ambiances they leave­­—but these are the people creating the indelible image of the city for generations to come. Kimberly Brewer Nawn, of KBN Interiors, is a particularly interesting local fixture who is very much shaping Charlotte in her own rite. She is, by trade, an interior designer but this title alone doesn’t quite tell you enough: She can design and


“As a creative person, I fall in love with our clients’ homes and once I’m invested in the home and client, it’s all I see.”

interpret drawings and renderings, she can design an electrical schematic, and much more… Indeed, with over 30 years of experience in the industry, Kimberly brings a well-rounded knowledge to projects that is unparalleled. Heavily influenced by her time spent studying classical architecture in England, she often professes such things as a “profound appreciation for massing, scale, and construction techniques.” When we meet Kimberly one October day, it was at her light-drenched office in the city. Dressed impeccably, she is both laser-focused and sincere—a true expert—and as she outlines her career and her plans for Charlotte’s future, we feel assured we’re in good hands.

The Folio // Foundation Left photo by Joe Purvis. Right photo by Jamey Price.

“The best day is when you see their reaction and it stops being a jobsite and it transforms into their home.” You’re not originally a Carolinian, so how did you end up in Charlotte? By a stroke of good fortune! I moved south early in my career to work for two architecture firms in the Atlanta and Nashville markets. Eventually, I moved back to Michigan and began concentrating on interior design. The South left a mark on me, given its rich history, culture, and the beautiful landscapes. How did you start KBN Interiors? I was in a unique position in that I had previously owned a design firm, cabinet company, and small boutique renovation company in Michigan. I was not sure if owning a business again was what I preferred, since I enjoy working on a team with an architect and builder. After having positions with a local custom home builder, a design director at


Carolina Design Group, and a premier local architect the opportunity arose to spin off independently and still collaborate with these firms and friends in commerce. It was with the support and encouragement of our clients that I started KBN Interiors. Now, with the business, I can provide not only the interior architecture elevations, but also lighting plans, millwork details, and custom elements we have specified for clients. it’s unique in many respects. Tell us the ins and outs of the business. We are independently contracted by the homeowner and work with the builder of their choice. We act as their navigator through the design and construction process. As clients begin to better understand the breadth and

scope of our service, we find most clients have us tackle many of the issues facing them as they renovate or build a new home. Our designers’ respective skill sets run deep. As we travel to vendor showrooms it allows our clients to get an inside look at the newest and cutting edge technologies that are available. Kitchens and baths are pivotal to every homeowner, so we have a specialist in kitchen and bath design who can intimately define every drawer and cabinet of your new kitchen after extensively assessing all existing needs of one’s current home—clients always love this detail! how’s your approach different? We like to do an in-depth study of our client’s lifestyle, from how they store their food to their everyday use of

The Folio // Foundation space. Working from the macro to micro level environment, we plan for family growth or expected changes. Our second phase is design development. As a creative person, I fall in love with our clients’ homes and once I’m invested in the home and client, it’s all I see. What’s the best part of the process? My favorite part is the ‘vision.’ I love to help our families get all of their dreams on paper and into 3D, so they can see it come to life. We are on our clients’ job sites daily, managing the execution of decisions in material selections, colors, and finishes. The best day is when you see their reaction and it stops being a jobsite. It transforms into their home, usually during the millwork installation process. I love, love, love paneling of every kind and the drawing, mechanical execution, and installation of millwork and ultimately how it helps a house ‘hug’ my client and their fami-

lies. We prefer to partner with the architects to compliment and not compete with the architect’s vision. Describe a bit about how you design. We like our homes to be quiet, pretty and comfortable. They are homes for families to live in and create memories in. These homes we help create become a family legacy. We love working with a wide range of styles, and I balance the design styles from project to project so I can stay fresh and excited about each project we are afforded. If we start to see patterns in what our clients are requesting, we know we need to specify unique details, so they truly have a custom design and not just what their friends or neighbors have. What are your favorite projects? I love farm houses—I have one. Of all our work, our pastoral homes with barns are a favorite. They are so sim-

ple and charming. With that, I love my industry because it allows me to work within so many different vernaculars. As I continue to mature, I find myself living more simply and in that simplicity, I listen to my clients and build from there. Listening and observing is the key to delivering exceptional design. Where do you get inspiration for your designs from? I travel a lot to get inspiration from all parts of the country, from Sedona to the Smoky Mountains, to my farm in Harbour Springs, MI. However, I have to spend time in Manhattan a couple times a year to really recharge my batteries. The boutique hotels are a favorite of mine. And then of course strolling through Central Park has been and continues to be an inspiration. info @kbn_interiors

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A Storied Home Shelby Storey Blackburn’s new space brings interior design expertise and retail together. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO portraits and details JAMEY PRICE photos of space JOE PURVIS

Nestled in the charming Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC, an eclectic storefront sits between the quick lunch restaurants and grocery stores of Kenilworth Commons. That storefront is Storey Homes, the studio and showroom of interior designer Shelby Storey Blackburn. Blackburn’s love of design stems from a very young age, when her grandmother’s creativity and “innate ability to transform forgotten pieces” left a lasting mark on her.


“I wanted to create a place where someone could find a special gift, and at the same time, find a piece for their home.”

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“I love funky, fresh pieces, but I think that the old pieces with history and meaning mixed in makes a house a home, and not just a design.”

After college, Blackburn began her career working in a home design store, where she realized a deep love for helping people find items they loved. Following in her grandmother’s footsteps and bringing her love of retail with her, Blackburn took a chance and opened her own store. She now brings everyday inspirations to Storey Homes, where customers can view her design work, purchase antiques, light fixtures, and even gifts, all at affordable prices. “When I first opened the retail store,” says Blackburn, “my goal was to carry items that I found limited in Charlotte. I wanted to create a place where someone could walk in and find a special gift, and at the same time, find a piece for their home—a sofa, a pair of lamps, anything.”


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This mix of fun gifts, antiques from forgotten eras, and modern furnishings perfectly reflects Blackburn’s sense of style, where she fuses traditional and contemporary expressions into something wholly unique. “I love to mix the old with the new,” she continues. “I love funky, fresh pieces, but I think that the old pieces with history and meaning mixed in makes a house a home, and not just a design.” Using the store as a home base for her design services, Blackburn scours the country for uncommon home décor and furniture, specifically in New York, Atlanta, and High Point. As she begins to expand into other markets, Blackburn even made a special trip abroad to purchase antiques from France, a country she intends to return to soon. After acquiring her items, she then brings it all back to Storey Home to either sell or place in a home. Regardless of the reason, Blackburn encourages customers and potential clients to stop by and browse the showroom. info

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At Home With House Of Harris A new page for sisters Charlotte Lucas and Liz Carroll as they perfect textile design words SUNNY HUBLER portraits TREEBIRD PHOTOGRAPHY product photos JAMEY PRICE

“I realized that if you can’t find something, you can make it.” Textiles are the darling of the design world­—the patterns, prints, and textures add the types of touches that make a space cohesive and finish an aesthetic. So, it’s no surprise that the Southeast is practically buzzing about House of Harris, the newly launched high-end fabric and wallpaper company co-founded by two of Charlotte’s most beloved design experts: sisters Charlotte Lucas and Liz Carroll (maiden names Harris). The textiles are bright, stylish, clean, and modern, a perfect snapshot of luxe Southern style. Now, they have also compiled an array of finished goods (pillows, wrapping paper, pocket squares, coasters, lampshades and table linens) using the signature prints. The sisters sat down to talk about their combined decades of experience building successful businesses, why they love wallpaper so much, and what’s next.


House​ ​of​ ​Harris​​ ​just​ ​launched. ​Can​ ​ you​ ​talk​ ​a​ ​little​ ​bit​ ​​about what​ ​led​ ​ you​ ​to​ ​create​ ​this​ ​company? My sister Liz Carroll and I both have interior design firms independent from one another. When we would join each other on buying and furniture market trips, probe each other for business advice, or share design ideas, it was always reassuring to know that you had 100% trust in each other for whatever the situation may be. We both have different strengths that contributed to the success of our firms and one day thought to blend those together in a natural extension of our industry… and so House of Harris was born. you​ ​and​ ​your​ ​sister​ ​Liz​ ​run​ ​the​ ​ business​ ​together.​ ​When​ ​did​ ​the​ ​two​ ​ of​ ​you​ ​start​ ​designing​ ​together?​ ​ House of Harris, which began a little over a year ago, is a true collaboration of our differing aesthetics. Our specific tastes and preferences in design push our ideas and help us create new combinations we may not have chosen individually for House of Harris. Our differences have become our biggest advantage.

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“North Carolina is our home and when I think of that, in my mind it is filled with color, life, flora and fauna, and a lot of happy memories­— our line is reminiscent of that.” What​ ​is one of​ ​the​ ​first​ ​things​ ​you​ ​ever​ ​designed? We moved often growing up, and in each new house we got to voice our opinion on how we wanted our rooms decorated. Being daughters of an interior designer, our creative opinion was always encouraged. Our mother was very hands-on, and she allowed us to help paint, wallpaper and refinish furniture. I think my first design was my bed when I was young. We couldn’t find what I imagined, so my mother told me to sketch it and she had it made! This was the first moment I realized that if you can’t find something, you can make it. House​ ​of​ ​H arris​ ​focuses specifically​ ​only​ ​on​ ​wallpapers​ ​a nd​ ​ fabrics.​ ​Why​ ​did​ ​you​ ​choose​ ​those​ ​m ediums​ ​to​ ​work​ ​w ith?​ Liz and I both have an affinity for wallpaper. New, old, hand-painted, grasscloth… wallpaper will never go out of style in our opinion. Since we work with fabrics and wallpapers everyday, it was an obvious choice and a natural extension of our LEFT: Charotte Harris individual design businesses. We have other Lucas of House of products in the works which will unfold as the Harris. RIGHT: House business grows­—most recently, we launched a of Harris’ Windwood Multi pattern and pillow. collection of holiday gift wrap on our website. Pillow in Vanderbilt. We expect to launch our second collection in Essex and palm pattern spring 2018. by House of Harris.


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The Folio // Statement Many​ ​of​ ​house of harris’​ ​ patterns​ ​convey​ ​bright​ ​colors​ ​ and​ ​a​ ​nod​ ​to​ ​nature.​ Is there a connection to North Carolina in the designs too? Each design in the Avenue Collection is named after a street we have lived on growing up. We wanted the collection to be an ode to our North Carolina roots which inspired our color pallette and nod to nature. North Carolina is our home and when I think of that, in my mind it is filled with color, life, flora and fauna, and a lot of happy memories— our line is reminiscent of that. But I love designers from the 50’s and 60’s—I have a specific appreciation for the beautiful things that have stood the test of time. info @houseofharrisllc


LEFT: Cocktail coasters in the House of Harris Park pattern. RIGHT: Liz Harris Carroll of House of Harris.

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Hospitality and History Aiken, South Carolina is steeped in rich equine history and Southern hospitality, as is the hotel at its heart: The Willcox. words CHANAHRA FLETCHER

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The Explored // Weekender Aiken’s WIllcox Inn welcomed its first guest in 1900, and renowned figures like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Harold Vanderbilt have stayed in luxurious suites.


“It’s been the standard of luxury since 1900, and however you spend your day, your visit to The Willcox alone will make it worthwhile.”

Aiken is true horsecountry, and has been for over a century. As a stronghold for the sport of kings, polo season takes place yearly, from September through November and March through June, with club games held on Sundays at 3pm in downtown. Photo courtesy of The Willcox.


Nestled between the aged oaks, classic cottages, and historic mansions of Aiken, South Carolina is the prestigious Willcox Hotel. For over 100 years, The Willcox has been a prime luxury destination for the world’s elite to relax, unwind, and convene. The Willcox has housed guests such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Harold Vanderbilt, and their doors are still open and waiting for a visit from you. Not quite convinced you should visit? We’ll walk you through a day at the Willcox and see if we can get you excited. Rise, shine, and soak in the morning rays of the sun as you sink into the plush comforts of each of The Willcox’s feathertop-mattress beds. Venture to the lobby for a complimentary cooked-toorder breakfast, and then travel back upstairs for your morning workout routine using the in-room yoga mats provided. When you’re finished working up a sweat, wash off in the hotel’s insuite deep-soaking tub. If you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by The Willcox’s award-winning restaurant for a bite of lunch, and choose from delicious dishes such as the salmon filet with spinach spaetzle, beet relish, or the risotto cache e pepe with parmesan and cracked black pepper, basil oil, and tomato preserve. If you’ve chosen to bring your beloved pets along for your weekend vacation, now is the time to let them explore. Take them with you as you uncover the gems of Aiken—from the 2,000 acres of picturesque forest in the Hitchcock Woods, to the water to canoe in Aiken State Park. If the adventure you seek doesn’t allow for pets—such as a golf outing with friends, wandering the town’s streets for unique shops, or experiencing the culture of Aiken’s museums, The Willcox happily offers pet sitting and pet walking services for the times when you can’t bring them along.




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“Some of the old routes are paved for cars, but just as many roads are quaint stretches of Carolina clay— The stuff is kinder to hooves.”

There are loads of activities on and around the property, but the town is known as horse country for a reason. Aiken, South Carolina is steeped in equestrian history. Some of the old routes are paved for cars, but just as many roads are quaint stretches of Carolina clay—The stuff is kinder to hooves. Opportunities for both riding and spectating abound. Polo, steeplechase, fox hunting, and thoroughbred racing are musts in the winter and spring, with the Triple Crown taking place in March. In a town as peaceful as Aiken, though, leisure is often key. There’s plenty of room to simply explore while in the saddle. A step away from the Willcox, Hitchcock Woods is the largest urban forest in America, with park trails leading to hidden wildflower glens and riding rings.


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After an afternoon of exploring, come back home to The Willcox and receive the spa treatment you deserve. Partake in a deep tissue massage or a hot stone massage at the hands of expert spa therapists in serene, firelit rooms. After an hour or two of intense relaxation, visit The Willcox’s restaurant once again for dinner, and enjoy the delectable tastes of dishes such as Filet Mignon or Puffed Quinoa and Cashew Nut Crusted Chicken. Before you turn in for the night, savor a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or other handcrafted cocktails from the Lobby Bar, then travel back to the comforts of your cozy suite and freshly turned-down bed. And there you go: a full day at the Willcox. It’s the standard of luxury, comfort, and Southern flair, and we know that—however you spend your day—your visit to The Willcox alone will make it worthwhile. info


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Just Over The Bridge Cross the Cooper River over the Ravenel Bridge and you’ll find Charleston’s tranquil sister­Mt. Pleasant. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO photos JAMEY PRICE

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina has a hidden beauty most visitors don’t notice right away. The waterfront town, overlooking the mingling ocean and river waters, feels tranquil in a way that’s different from its sibling city across the Cooper River. Mt. Pleasant holds on to a feeling of local pride within its streets, as if each newly discovered attraction is a town secret. With beautiful architecture, unique Lowcountry restaurants, and an eclectic array of attractions and shopping centers, Mt. Pleasant stands on its own as a must-see Southern destination.


A pelican flies over Shem Creek. Shrimping boats docked at Shem Creek near Hog Island Channel.

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A paddleboarder returns home at sunset taken from Shem Creek Bar and Grill. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

While Charleston quickly became populated, Mt. Pleasant remained largely untouched during the early years. As nearby Charleston grew, locals began looking for an escape from the crowded town. Mt. Pleasant grew slowly, shifting from a Charleston vacation destination to a space with its own food, culture, and community. The bright buildings showcase architecture as unique as the designers, and the wide streets and winding sidewalks force you to slow down

to appreciate the scene. Everything within its borders, from the homes to the shopping centers, is surrounded with just enough greenery to give the popular city the feel of a quaint, rural town. Most dishes from Mt. Pleasant’s finest restaurants, subsequently, feel as if they are home-cooked meals. They achieve this by sourcing local seafood, along with other Lowcountry ingredients, and incoporating local beer from the area’s best

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The Explored // Carolina Towns breweries. Each plate is served with a knowing smile, the kind that’s confident in the food they’re serving, because it’s the same high-quality meals they’ve been serving for generations. An example of this is the delicious work done at Shem Creek Bar and Grill, a staple for its appetizing seafood platters and amazing Shem Creek sunset views. For another popular locale for fresh seafood and seasonal cocktails, visit Crave, where you can try fresh sea scallops and salmon, then finish up with a local favorite—deep-fried peanut butter cups. The Shelter is another tasty destination known for its shrimp and grits and various brunch offerings. For us, no trip to Mt. Pleasant would be complete without a visit to Pages Okra Grill for breakfast. Here you can treat yourself to classic grits, signature sautéed shrimp, or the granddaddy dish of them all: Pages’ Chicken and Waffle. Happy to let the bulk of the tourists head to Charleston to eat, Mt. Pleasant’s culinary scene is a well-kept secret that you don’t want to miss out on. This small city may have grown up in Charleston’s shadow, but by doing so, has taken on its own unique personality. Unwatched and unhindered, Mt. Pleasant has been completely shaped by the locals who live there, and their special version of Southern charm. A seagull rests on a Shem Creek pier at sunset.


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Travel through the thousands of acres of the Buchanan Shoals to experience some of the Carolinas’ best hunting.


When Jason Kiker first opened the vast land preserve of Buchanan Shoals for hunting, he started with a simple idea: to combine “great hunting with excellent fellowship and camaraderie.” Growing up in the backwoods and brooks of North Carolina’s beautiful landscapes, Kiker realized that his fondest memories happened far away from his house, surrounded by friends and family and wildlife. In 2001, Kiker bought over 5,000 acres of land in the hopes that other families across North Carolina would be able to have the same experiences he did. By encouraging hunters to be social and bring friends, Kiker created a community of patrons that use his services so often, they’ve developed their own saying: “This is how we do things down at The Shoals.”


Located right along the Great Pee Dee River in Old Sneedsborough, NC, Buchanan Shoals is a mix of young and old forestry, of open broomstraw fields and hardwood glades. The distinct habitats allow The Shoals’ wildlife to thrive, including quail, turkey, waterfowl, and whitetail deer. At the northern and southern ends of the preserve, the shallow water is perfect for wade and fly fishing, and are just a small boat ride away from the front of the property. Through special wildlife management programs, Kiker ensures that the forest remains healthy and that invasive vegetation is removed so natural food sources stay available. To help hunters of all ages and levels have the best experiences possible, Buchanan Shoals offers a wide range of services.

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They offer full guide services with trained staff members and hunting dogs, a rifle and pistol range for beginners to practice with, and top-notch storage facilities for equipment such as boats, tents, and ATVs. They even have a full-service kennel for those who wish to keep their hunting dogs on site. For those who want to take a break from hunting or would prefer other targets, Buchanan Shoals also has a covered 5-stand range that’s over 1,000 square feet in size. There, participants can shoot clay targets at five different stations, even at night.


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What makes a home? Everyone we meet, from the builder to the architect, the interior designer to the landscaper, seems to have a different opinion on the matter. Maybe home is the lovably cramped nook that entices us to linger, or the open, spacious floor plan that streamlines liveability and encourages movement. It could be the sheer utility of a room, those little design touches that make a space imminently usable. Often, we’re told, it’s something as simple as the right choice of lighting fixture. More often than not, though, we’re told that you make the home. No matter the talent behind a property, it’s the client who hires that talent who ends up defining the space. Charlotte is full of design firms and architectural masters who want nothing more than to turn your dreams—however reserved or outlandish—into reality, but it’s up to you to call on them. And when you do, you need to know what you want. If this is the year for you, if it’s finally time for that exciting and (and slightly daunting) home upheaval, well, you may want some help ideating. In this section, we’ve got you covered—with a little help from some of our favorite people in the industry, of course.


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Photo of a Karen Kettler Design’s kitchen (text next page) and an Ashley Dellap designed dining area by Joe Purvis.

A Home That Lives / 180 Seamlessly Modern / 186 In Step With Life / 192


Ideas of Home // Kitchen


This Myers Park client wanted a colorful kitchen for entertaining guests and hosting large parties. Karen Kettler tells us her favorite part of the design was the custom curry green and brass range, a true statement piece coupled with the curry green bar on the left side of the kitchen. The banquet, lighting, wallpaper, and furniture were selected by interior designer Ashley Delapp. The quartz countertops are from Cambria, the backsplash from Walker Zanger, and the appliances from Ferguson. Photo by Joe Purvis



Amy Vermillion completely renovated this entire home in Foxcroft, but the kitchen remained one of her favorite spaces. The design team repurposed the space beautifully, unearthing antique Southern Heart Pine floors from underneath decades-old pink carpet. The combination of rustic wood and brick with the sleek stone and cabinetry ties everything together‌ and the cozy fireplace created a perfect perch to enjoy a book or a glass of wine. Photo by Chris Edwards

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This Eastover kitchen was created as part of a Spanish-influenced modern home built by Grande Custom Homes. Though it has dramatic architectural details, the aim of the kitchen was to make a space that still felt warm and comfortable. The appliances are high-quality Subzero/Wolf, the countertops were fabricated by Cadenza, Coventry supplied the cabinets, and the plumbing fixtures are by Ferguson. Photo by Dustin Peck


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An entertaining area that maximizes space without sacrificing intimacy, this Myers Park dining room is sophisticated yet imminently versatile. The Tritter Feefer custom round table frees up space while the settee from Gabby ensures additional seating and a welcoming informality. House of Nomad’s use of hale navy paint and the Aiden Gray chandelier imbues the room with a moody personality—a singular identity apart from the rest of the home. With warm wood tones and calming textures (thanks in large part to the Loloi rug), this dining room beckons: Utility and character renders it an essential space, not a ground-floor afterthought. Photo by Laura Sumrak



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This Cashiers, NC home was created as a getaway meant to highlight and pay homage to its spectacular natural surroundings. Charlotte designer Patrick Lewis chose natural materials and neutral colors so as not to overpower the outdoor beauty. The result is a peaceful, beautiful space to gather, eat, and drink. A few of the vendors used include LEE Industries, Circa Interiors & Antiques, and Clubcu. Photo By Simon Upton



This Traci Zeller living room is a statement in blue and white. By mixing custom items with more accessible pieces, like the repurposed window treatments, Zeller created a room that’s at once sophisticated and accessible. The slipcovered chairs and dining table are Restoration Hardware, the lucite chairs are vintage, art is Eileen Power from Gregg Irby Gallery, and the rug is from Sisal Rugs Direct. Photo By Dustin Peck


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This Bald Head Island home fully embraces its location. In this living space, especially, Ruard Veltman Architecture and Veltman Wood Interiors manage to bring the North Carolina coast indoors. A series of tonal hues and contrasting textures evoke the grainy sands and elusive waves of the island. Raw antique oak beams intersect smooth surfaces, while sheer drapes and a sand-colored Holly Hunt sofa make for a warm, beachy welcome. Soft fabrics and a silky oushak from Charlotte Rug Gallery are juxtaposed with organic furnishings that reflect the tactile nature of the environment. Photo by Michael Blevins


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This dramatic Barrie Benson library, from the Charlotte home of Chandra and Jimmie Johnson, is at once bold and restful. The deep color, a custom lacquer paint, is complemented by softer touches, like the art and fireplace, to create a retreat that’s far more stylish than most. The rug is from Charlotte Rug Gallery, the art above the mantle is Cy Twombly, the drapery is ALT for Living with Samuel & Sons trim, and the sconces on either side of the fireplace are vintage Charlotte Perriand. Photo By Chris Edwards



This sweeping formal living room space was completed in Eastover in August of 2017. The space is warm and stylish, with modern touches softened by classic staples, like the two gold mirrors. Designer Meredith Beregovski tells us the sofa is Baker, the chairs McGuire, the ceiling wallpaper is Schumacher faux bois sand shimmer, the light fixture is Arteriors, and the lamps are Visual Comfort. Photo by Christina Hussey


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On Kiawah Island, along the magnificent bluff of the Cassique Golf Club, stands a 5500 square-foot Southern abode built by Kingswood and co-designed by the homeowner, architect Tom McDuffie of Maryland, and LS3P Architects (Charleston office). The great room signifies the crescendo of the residence, from which all functional spaces pivot. From end to end a stately size of 22 by 30 feet of oiled European Oak by Zenon in Poland, with four floating lit walls to help showcase his enviable fine art collection. The juxtaposition of restrained clean contemporary lines with classical touches blend effortlessly together. The understated mantel is one of many inspired construction elements originally sketched out by McDuffie on paper napkins. Delicate sheets of white marble surround the fireplace, finished with an expertly crafted matching wooden mantel shelf as if to gently underscore the impressionist painting centered above it, handsigned by Marc Chagall. Photo by Metropolis Iconic Shots



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When jewelry-maker Erin McDermott needed a studio where all the magic could happen, she also brought her signature creativity and knack for effortless style to the space. Whittington Builders built the studio, conveniently adjacent to Erin and her family’s Charlotte home. It’s open, airy, and a unique blend of funky and sophisticated—the perfect setting for her art to come to life. The decor features work and products from Circa Interiors and Isabella Style. The lighting and furniture is Ro Sham Beaux. Photo by Ariana Clare



The study in this home, situated in the Club at Longview, exudes a sort of sophistication that’s just the right amount of masculine. A collaboration between Arcadia Homes, Building Graphics, and Carolina Design Associates, this project has a striking character required of a space the homeowner is sure to frequent. Neutral trim-work details create a warm palette that’s contrasted with eye-catching textured materials. Clean lines and modern touches like the desk and chandelier give the space a soothing, aesthetic neatness: It’s pretty, but it’s also comfortable. Photo by Dustin Peck


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Located right off the foyer of the house, this home office is an attention-grabber: In stark contrast with the entry’s clean colors, this room brings an edge to the home’s first impression. Lucy and Company employs art from Keith Keim and vendors like CFC, Arteriors, and Surya to give the space some eye-catching texture and pattern. Knowing the client uses only a laptop for work, designer Beth Keim embraces minimalist beauty over functional clutter. The desk workspace, in particular, keeps things simple yet attractive, freeing up all-too-necessary space: There’s plenty of room here (and seating, in the form of those stylish poufs) for the kids to come “work” with mom. Photo by Mekenzie Loli



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This Myers Park office from Leeward Builders embraces masculine custom work, from the trim on the walls and ceiling to the molding of the desk. While the desk is the room’s statement piece, the complexity of its surroundings matches its boldness. Furniture and texture compete to add the most Old World interest, making for a workspace that feels decidedly like something from the past, right down to the traditional wood textures. Photo by Joe Purvis


This Mount Pleasant, SC home is a bright, open space created to highlight its location and provide adequate space for the family living here. The desk with two work stations and the oversized leather chairs ensure utility while working with the mix of finishes, accessories, and art to create multiple visual layers. The nautical influences are maintained throughout the decor, showcasing items collected on the family’s many beach walks. All of the items were selected from one of Theory Design’s many wholesale vendors, which are also available in the firm’s retail store. Photo by Theory Design Studio



Ideas of Home // Staircase


The combined efforts of the teams at Gerrard Builders, Southern Staircase, and Durham Designs crafted this home’s commanding centerpiece: Walnut handrails with custom wrought iron balusters are matched in elegance by the custom trim-work and complex details on the ceiling. Photo by Dustin Peck


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From the design, construction, and architectural minds of EDG, Ted Thompson, and Scott Carpenter comes this eye-catching staircase in the Lake Norman home of NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin. The elevator, vital in this 33,000 square foot home, is from Residential Elevators and the sweeping staircase is by Southern Stairs. The art was curated by Scott Carpenter Designs. Photo by Michael Blevins


In this SouthPark home, custom home builder Jas-Am wanted to maintain an established, time-honored design, from the limestone exterior down to the minutest of interior details. A clean, abundantly white aesthetic is broken up by accents of iron railing, brass handrails, and rock crystal chandeliers. With a winding stair from Southern Staircase, floors made up of three-by-five-foot tiles of crystal quartz, and Steward Enterprises’ custom heavy millwork adorning just about every other visible surface, this home’s central space is the very definition of ornate. Photo by Stan Capps



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A former surplus attic space turned indispensable retreat, this bedroom’s grand illusion is its location: With slanted ceilings and windows galore, this Donna Livingston design in Elizabeth recalls the interior of a secluded treehouse. A layering of neutrals and creams, in pieces like the Tritter Feefer side table and bedding from Isabella, balances the boldness of the paint—ensuring that the space maintains a serenity required of this kind of secondstory hideaway. Photo by Dustin Peck


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Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room became involved with the homeowners early on, and together they seamlessly tied the entire Eastover residence together. The clients wanted textures to make the home warm and welcoming. The master bedroom is a perfect example of that, with its clean lines and statement lighting. The carpet is Stark, the wallpaper panels are Brunschwig & Fils, and the linens are Leontine. Photo by Dustin Peck




This Weddington, NC home was created for a young newlywed couple—one a professional athlete and the other a philanthropist. Deena Knight assisted with the entire home to make a space that felt timeless with a touch of luxury. The overall vibe for the bedroom was soft and welcoming, so Deena chose a tufted headboard, chaise lounges, tailored drapes, and shades of blue, from navy to slate. The vendors used include Bassett Furniture, Casa Fiore, and Front Door Fabrics. Photo by Deena Knight

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The whole of this master bath renovation was focused around the master shower. Calacatta Gold marble tile and a glass tile accent wall from Harkey meet the immaculate Walker Zanger tiled shower floor, crafting the luxury spa ambiance desired by the homeowners. This clean aesthetic—accentuated by a frameless glass enclosure, brushed bronze plumbing fixtures, and full-size bench seats—makes for a cozy, relaxing separation from the rest of the bath. Photo by Phythian Scott Photography


This Shea Custom bathroom was part of a bigger home design project that took place in Spring 2016. The clients wanted to have their two boys share a Jack and Jill bath and their daughter to have her own bathroom, so they chose a neutral palette with modern design features. The vendors used include Griffin Tile, fixtures by Brizo, lighting through J. Landon, and paint by Sherwin Williams. Photo By Julia Legge


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There’s no gray area in this bath. Collisions of black and white create a simple but bold neutral aesthetic. Marble tiling from New Life Building Supplies’ custom tile division dominates the master bath in this eclectic mountain retreat, while accents of white and details like obscured glass add interest to an already striking visual. In this bath, eclectic modern aesthetic meets warm lodge vibe. Photo by Joe Purvis


Grandfather Homes’ execution of this Myers Park bath embraces the traditional elegance of the rest of the Rob Foster design, while throwing in rustic qualities, like the barnwood entrance and shiplap ceiling. Custom work from Earl Wallace Cabinets lines either side of the luxuriously oversized bathroom, Carolina Tile serves both a textured backdrop and a shower, and a juxtaposition of recessed and fixture lighting by Blankenship Electric bathes the whole room in a cozy (and adjustable) light. Photo by Paul Rauch



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A Home That Lives With an eye for familyoriented builds (and an ear for the family), Gerrard Builders renovates this Myers Park home. words COREY MILLER photos JOE PURVIS

We love good design. Oftentimes though, in our line of work, we obsess so fully over the design of a house that we forget it’s a home. We see the brilliant utility imposed on a living space by visionary designers and builders, yet we forget that someone lives in it. Bryan Gerrard doesn’t forget, though. Actually, the head of Gerrard Builders would be extremely hardpressed to forget about his clients: He and his team work with clients daily for months, constructing a home around a family, until…well…until they’re all practically family. For Myers Park’s Noe family, this kind of dedication was a welcome surprise.


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“We got lucky, really,” Joey Noe says. “We assembled a dream team, almost by accident.” That team consisted of Gerrard Builders, Don Duffy Architecture, and designer Shannon McCarthy Bowman, formerly of Carolina Design Associates. Joey and Valerie Noe were set on a circa 1930s property on Hillside Avenue, but the English Tudor home situated on that lot granted this young family a bit less space than they needed. After some deliberation with the experts, they settled on a renovation rather than a new build—ultimately expanding the original home by 2700 square feet. Today, the home has graduated into a modern English cottage, something out of the countryside brightened with coastal touches. The Noe house ex-


pressly takes advantage of the space that already existed, embracing all the oddness and character of the old property. The original entry’s eight-foot ceilings, which probably wouldn’t make it into most new builds in the 21st century, really work to create a cozy, farmhouse feel as one enters the home—an aesthetic that the Noes wanted replicated throughout. For the addition, on the other hand, the builders took advantage of what Bryan calls “dead spaces,” open space that, in the architectural drawings, are meant to serve no purpose. The Noes wanted to expand this home so that their new family would have room to live. So when they saw these unused spaces through the fresh timber and the struts, they turned to their dream

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“We got lucky, really. We assembled a dream team, almost by accident.” team with last-minute changes. In one such instance, the second story’s centermost room had yet to be ceilinged off, meaning the various pitches of the home’s roof remained exposed. “That kind of character,” Bryan explains, “was exactly what they loved about the home in the first place.” The room was seemingly small, but (as evidenced by the finished design) not vertically. The Noes went to Shannon McCarthy Bowman with the idea for a loft, suspended in the pitch of the ceiling: Shannon drew it up on the spot, Bryan priced it, and the Gerrard crews got to work. Now, Valerie says, it’s easily the most interesting room in the house. At this point, the Noes expected such ingenuity from their designer and builder: In the custom-designed (and custom-built) mantle, in the crisscrossing beams of their shiplap ceiling, they’d already begun to see what this collaborative process could yield. That room upstairs was just more evidence of this group of homemakers operating at peak performance. “I can’t express how incredibly well the team worked together,” Joey stresses. “Every now and then, I’ll catch a cooking show, and… When someone cooks angry, it tastes like garbage. I feel like nobody here was designing or building angry. Everyone was on the same page, fully aware that everyone else was working their tails off, and the result was something we couldn’t have imagined. The house just lives.” It’s true. With the exception of the guest room, the Noes use every room in the house every day. info


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Seamlessly Modern The team at Artistic Contractors brings modern West Coast sensibilities to the western shore of the lake. words COREY MILLER photos MITCHELL KEARNEY


“There’s a unity to the indoor and outdoor portions of this property, because of the extensive use of glass, obviously, but also largely because of a repetition of the other materials. Transitions from in to out are seamless because aesthetics both above and below eye level are continuous.”


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“It’s clean and modern, but there’s this whole theme of bringing these organic outside materials in.” - Drew Rivas



Certain homes, like this lakefront retreat constructed by Charlotte-based Artistic Contractors and designed by Seattle’s McClellan Architects, make a resounding statement: Charlotte’s modern home movement is here to stay and it won’t disappoint. The duo behind Artistic, Daron Gaon and Drew Rivas, are bent on proving as much through their execution of some of Charlotte’s most inspired designs. In this Denver, NC project, the architect’s design choices reflect a West Coast kind of modernity with all the quaintness of a secluded lake home. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that this lakefront property is very much a Lake Norman home, but the monolithic architecture and mixed media interiors scream Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s an aesthetic right up the alley of Gaon and Rivas, who welcome the challenge of such a mashup. “McClellan is really good at creating these modern and mid-century modern spaces that aren’t so sterile,” Daron Gaon says. “They bring in a bunch of warmth.” In the case of this home, ironically, that warmth comes from outside. The property is extraordinarily private, of course, with the wooded lot providing a kind of coziness that many heavily landscaped properties lack. But the real homeyness is created in the architecture, particularly in its efforts to recreate the outdoors. There’s a unity to the indoor and outdoor portions of this property, because of the extensive use of glass, obviously, but also largely because of a repetition of the other materials. Transitions from

Ideas of Home // Featured Home

“Cedar grows here, but not in the tone we needed for this house. So we had to ship 65,000 dollars worth of red cedar out of northwest Canada. That was a long truck ride over.” - Daron Gaon


in to outdoors are seamless because aesthetics both above and below eye level are continuous. The black slate floors continue out onto the deck, and Artistic Contractors ensured that there was no level change. The ceilings—65,000 dollars worth of center-cut western red cedar out of northwest Canada— maintain this trend, stretching across almost the entirety of the home’s floor plan. Even the stone accent wall by the front door continues outside. “It’s clean and modern,” Drew Rivas explains, “but there’s this whole theme of bringing these organic outside materials in.” That theme of working the out of doors into the home factored into the building of the home itself. The sprawling property is a ‘flat,’ one-story structure that had to be situated on a not-so-flat lot. The team at Artistic Contractors created drain pipes and a natural river-rock bed under the house’s foundations to divert water, and the home’s gutter system hides within the walls wherever possible. Every bit of electrical wiring, meanwhile, had to find its way into the steel supports—all in the name of that vital openness to the outside. All of the construction choices address the natural issues of the lot, but never at the expense of the architect’s original minimalistic vision. Realizing great design means adjusting a blueprint to the reality of a buildsite. Even the most immaculate design will present unforeseen problems in its actualization, and the tackling of those contracting issues is an art all to itself.

“McClellan is really good at creating these modern and mid-century modern spaces that aren’t so sterile. They bring in a bunch of warmth.” - Daron Gaon

info @artisticcontractors


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In Step With Life An artful mix of modern and classic, this Lisa Sherry Interieurs redesign is underscored by traditional undercurrents, but meant for this millennia. words SUNNY HUBLER photos MEKENZIE LOLI


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Lisa Sherry, of the eponymous Lisa Sherry Interieurs design company, travels all over the country installing residential projects that embody her detailed, modern aesthetic. This project, though, was completed right here at home. The four bedroom, four bath waterside Lake Norman residence is a remodel, one Sherry told us had “great classic bones.” It desperately needed an update, however, for the family of seven who lives there today. “My clients wanted a home in step with their life,” Sherry explains. “This meant updating and modernizing the main floor living spaces, and opening up interior rooms to the outdoors—the lake and beyond.” Sherry and her clients both wanted clean lines and understated color in the home. She used texture to add warmth, from the sheepskins, to the layers of rattan and organic woods, and pillows aplenty. When it came to furniture, comfy, modern, and practical was the objective throughout the home. Starting with the kitchen, Sherry opened the room up to the dining room for a singular experience. The clean white, continued throughout the house, provided a starting grounds for the aesthetic that ties the two rooms together. Sherry also used one of her design signatures in the kitchen, the oversized baskets reinvented as pendants seen here over the modern island. The couple that owns the home are both home chefs, so Sherry created a large kitchen island space where they can both tinker.


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“I’ve been simmering on this idea for a while, and this was the first time I’ve introduced it into a plan. It’s so fresh and different—very rewarding for me creatively and the clients love it, too.” - Lisa Sherry on the hexagon floor tiles

The flooring throughout the home was also particularly important for Sherry. She introduced a unique floor transition using large-scale hexagon tiles that mix and meld into the wood flooring. “I’ve been simmering on this idea for a while, and this was the first time I’ve introduced it into a plan,” she shares. “It’s so fresh and different—very rewarding for me creatively and the clients love it, too.” Then, the powder room off the kitchen does double duty: It contains storage for brooms and cleaning supplies with its 10-foot-deep floor-to-ceiling cabinet, rendered just about invisible due to the wallpapering. Finally, Sherry knew it would be important to bring the indoors and outdoors together. The clients wanted to screen in the porch just off the kitchen to create a transition while simultaneously expanding the kitchen —always a good thing. By adding heaters to the room, it can be used much of the year, and the folding doors collapse completely to seamlessly integrate the space. The home is, on the whole, an artful mix of modern and classic. Though it is underscored by traditional undercurrents, the home is meant for this millennia. info


M A K I NG A HOM E Our annual home and design guide features talented Charlotte professionals who can help transform your house into the home of your dreams. photo of House of Nomad space by LAURA SUMRAK


House of Nomad | Donna Livingston Interiors | Furniture Connector | Lucy and Company | Myron Greer Garden Design Crazy Jane’s Inc. | Storey Home | Curated by Reaching Quiet | Karen Kettler Design | Theroy Design Studio | Sub-Zero And Wolf





ll the best things come in twos. Interior designers are no exception, and the duo behind Charlotte’s newest full-service design firm, Berkeley Minkhorst and Kelley Lentini, are living, breathing (and laughing) examples of that fact. Together, they are House of Nomad. Their business exists at the intersection of two perspectives, with each well-traveled designer acting as the other’s favorite sounding board. House of Nomad strives to create a home reflecting personal stories, pulling into designs whatever is important to the client. Moving from one place to another has taught Berkeley and Kelley the value of planting roots. “Travel keeps us curious and creative,”

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Berkeley says, “in this sort of mindset of the inspired traveler.” But that mindset isn’t all they bring back. Textiles and other finds unique to various cultures also make the jump. Their first sourcing journey of 2018 starts in Thailand, but there’s no telling what’s next on the list. Using whatever the world teaches them, Berkeley and Kelley want to make interior design approachable, engaging, and—most importantly—fun for their clients. “We strive to create a curated and welcoming space, not a decorated one,” Kelley says. “You should love coming home: Everything in it is a reflection of you and how you want to feel in each space.”








ith years of experience behind her, Donna Livingston, of Donna Livingston Interiors, always approaches her work with the fundamental belief that your surroundings have a profound effect on how you feel. The result is interior spaces that are both chic and approachable. “Life can be hard and coming home should feel good,” she explains. “I want your surroundings to bring comfort and joy. And this does not mean having a lot of ‘stuff’—for me, it’s really about loving what you have and making the most of your space.” The full-service interior design firm is located in the heart of Myers Park. “Our entire building is made up of creatives,”

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Livingston says. “We have a fantastic mix of architects, developers, builders and interior designers, all under one roof. It’s a beautiful fit.” Beyond the design details, Donna’s greatest priority is her commitment to the client experience. She strives to provide service that is as stress-free as possible for her clients, and achieves this by walking them through every step of the process while handling each aspect of the design in an extremely organized manner. If she’s not designing, Donna is equally passionate about rescuing and fostering dogs. When you stop by the studio, you’ll often be greeted not only by her, but by one of her adopted pups pictured above.





or over 18 years, the Furniture Connector has been Charlotte’s go-to home retailer for home goods, decor and accessories. Even though they recently moved to a brand new 14,000 square foot location on 129 Southside Drive, you can still expect to find an expertly curated selection of high-end goods from manufacturers like Gabby Furniture, Dovetail, CR Lane, and Universal Furniture at 40 to 50 percent off of retail price. You’ll also find the same friendly and knowledgeable staff, full of personality. In addition to their new digs, the store is also proud to announce The Rug Gallery @ The Furniture Connector. Together, they will offer an insanely large

collection of rugs sourced from all over the world, ranging in styles from traditional to modern and transitional. With an extensive inventory ranging from vintage items to hand-knotted masterpieces (and additional styles available online), you’ll be hard pressed to find a better selection in the city. Part of Furniture Connector’s mission is to sell everything off of the floor. Customers come back week after week to view its curated furnishing and rug settings. Whether you are looking to purchase a single piece or furnish an entire home, the personable and highly trained staff at The Furniture Connector is equipped to assist with all your needs.

129 Southside Dr • Charlotte, NC • Furniture and Rug Gallery • 704.523.3163 • @furnitureconnector •






eth Keim, owner of design firm Lucy and Company, has always been known for using color, multiple textures, and patterns. While it’s still a look she handles well and is often asked to create, her love of neutrals has made a strong appearance in her recent design endeavors. Clean, crisp, and timeless is a look she feels we never tire of: Classic looks offer the flexibility to incorporate vibrant art and new accessories seamlessly as the mood strikes. Lucy & Company recently moved from its large East Boulevard address to the lofts at Atherton Mills and added another member to the team

along the way—ultimately giving the firm more space and time to do what they’re passionate about. Beth has always loved research, and finds inspiration in both traveling and discovering local artisans—the folks instrumental in helping her bring something really unique to all her spaces. She’s a firm believer in what the great designer Albert Hadley once said: “Decoration is really about creating a quality of life and a beauty in that life that nourishes the soul… That’s what it’s all about, not just what’s in and out.” Keim relies on uniqueness, whimsy, and—above all—allowing one’s personality to fill their daily surroundings.

2108 South Blvd. Suite 213 • Charlotte, NC • Interior Designer • 704.342.6655 • @lucyandcompany •




MYRON GREER GARDEN DESIGN Charlotte, NC As part of the greater Charlotte area since 2002, Myron Greer Garden Design remains at the forefront of expertly designed, personalized outdoor spaces. Owner Myron Greer has always had a strong passion for landscapes. His parents were gardeners, and he worked at a young age on his grandparents’ farm. There, he learned an important lesson: “The success of your yield relies on your preparation— a beautifully designed garden will not be successful without the proper planning.” Greer went on to receive degrees in Landscape Design and Horticulture Technology. Today, his designs range from the mountains of NC to the coastal Carolinas. His team works tirelessly to understand

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each client’s needs, from how they want to interact and function outside to the site and its complexities itself. Each project is carefully tailored for a personal, hands-on approach. Beginning with a consultation, Greer and his team first seek to grasp the scope of work and the client’s priorities by discussing their preferred outdoor activities in the garden, use of space needs, and any home remodeling projects simultaneously taking place. Utilizing his vast understanding of plant anatomy and outdoor construction, Greer makes his recommendations in his designs for plant materials with hardscape concepts. As for what keeps Greer inspired? That’s simple: “Mother Nature.”

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The 4200 sq. ft. South End showroom has an organic yet glamorous aesthetic with luxurious home furnishings at all price levels. He offers a vast array of upholstered furniture, custom bedding, lighting, art, accessories, floor coverings, case goods, and outdoor furniture. Holley has an expert eye for using exotic themes while infusing reclaimed wood pieces and sleek modern design. His projects range from local to the coast, mountains, and as far away as California and NYC. There’s never a design fee, and local delivery is always free.

stablished in 1996, Crazy Jane’s is a full service interior design firm and retail showroom that has created a niche for itself in the Charlotte design world. Owner and designer, Tom Holley, has lived in NYC, LA, and SF and brings those experiences as well as those from world travel to his design work. Fast forward 21 years, and Holley is still working with his first design client ever and relies mostly on referrals from his clients to fuel his business. In addition to full and partial designs, Holley offers reupholstery, wallpaper, and drapery services too.

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torey Home is the perfect mix of something new and something old. Under the guidance of owner Shelby Storey Blackburn, the retail showroom and formal residential design studio has quickly become Charlotte’s go-to home shopping destination. Since opening its doors last year, Storey Home has provided customers with the key to blending sentimental and new design pieces. “Everyone has at least one sentimental piece they prefer to incorporate in an update. I think it is important to include those pieces in design,” says Blackburn. “Older pieces are what make a house a home: They add character and a story to a room while newer pieces make the room feel updated and keep it fresh.”

Blackburn’s experience in design and architecture has equipped her with a unique take on utilizing both antique and modern furniture. Storey Home provides customers with meaningful pieces and a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. As a boutique with both in-store and inhome services, clients are provided with the best of both worlds. Whether you are looking to find custom upholstered furniture with several fabric selections or need help selecting paint colors and finishes, Storey Home has you covered. For your home and design needs, whether you’re looking for unique, functional, or statement pieces, look no further than Storey Home.

1235 East Blvd. Suite A • Charlotte, NC • Design Showroom and Studio • 704.496.9902 • @storeyhome •






urated, the culmination of Reaching Quiet’s extensive design history, relocated RQ’s showpieces from Plaza Midwood to South End’s Design District. Now, Curated can offer exclusive local access to handpicked products from the revolutionary international design houses who inspired the RQ aesthetic in the first place. Curated is the collaborative effort of founder Eric Boyd, real estate gurus Patrick Deely and Lana Laws of Savvy & Co, and entrepreneur Toan Nguyen. Since 2001, Eric Boyd has been a prominent force in the community through Reaching Quiet. He headed up the design-build component for local favorites like Stagioni, Barrington’s, 5Church, Nan & Byron’s, Nik-

ko, Twenty-Two, Foxcroft Wine Company, and Embassy Suites at Ayrsley. RQ is known for their ingenuitive bespoke residential interiors, and for creating custom products for commercial projects across the US. Curated carries Dutch companies Moooi, Droog, and Leff; British-based Mineheart; Italian companies Kartell, Flos, Wall & Deco; and LA-based Beat Up Creations, as well as RQ products. The showroom’s focus is on handmade furniture, lighting, and accessories with stories to tell. Curated welcomes fellow designers, architects, contractors, and owners to the design studio for a fresh perspective on interior products, as well as for general design consulting and collaborations.

1455 S. Church St. • Charlotte, NC • Design Collection • 704.995.3415 • @curated_by_reachingquiet •






ince launching Karen Kettler Design in 2012, Karen Kettler has established herself as Charlotte’s go-to designer. From luxury kitchens to intricately detailed bathrooms, the firm continuously exceeds clients’ expectations. Kettler’s keen eye for detail, accompanied by her understanding of the technical aspects of design, has allowed her to seamlessly create innovative designs for over 30 years. Known for her hands-on approach, Kettler executes each project with fine detail from start to finish. Her firm guides clients through the selections process and provides them with a tasteful and unique design while also staying on budget. By making all projects a collaboration between herself

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and clients, Karen ensures each ends in a unique, luxurious finished product. By developing various trade partnerships with builders, plumbers, and lighting and appliance specialists, Karen Kettler Design is able to provide one point of contact for their clients. Today, Kettler’s business is Charlotte’s leading design resource for kitchens, bathrooms and other spaces where cabinets and countertops can make the difference. As Charlotte’s design world evolves, this company has managed to stay relevant through its ability to remain versatile. Whether you’re looking for a traditional or contemporary look, Karen Kettler Design will elevate your space.

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nterior designers Toni Hollingsworth and Emily Hudgens are in love with their city. Their firm, Theory Design Studio, utilizes this healthy Charlotte obsession to great effect: By combining their eye for artfully edgy interiors with their lasting connection to the area, this team strives to foster an emotional connection between client and composition, while simultaneously blending aesthetic value with function. Theory offers full design services for both residential and commercial projects, in addition to working with homebuilders to design and merchandise fresh and timeless model homes. The seasoned, friendly designers are eager to navigate each client’s style and budget to create a space complementary of their specific day-to-day needs.

“When you walk into a room, you should feel something,” Hollingsworth says. “We create this feeling by listening to a customer’s needs and creating a space that’s an extension of their personality and lifestyle.” Complementary to their design craft, Theory’s Dilworth boutique is a retail front offering the same expertise. With artwork, lamps, accent furniture, and more, this boutique has a variety of on-trend goods and timeless local lines. The store’s Design Consultants are eager to assist and adept at finding unique pieces to fulfill customer needs. “Growing lasting relationships with our clients and the Dilworth community has been one of the greatest parts of opening our retail store,” Hudgens muses, “and we are excited to continue that growth!”

1405 East Blvd. • Charlotte, NC • Interior Design • Home Décor + Gift Boutique • 704.900.0840 • @theorydesignstudio •






s the leading pioneers of kitchen innovation, Sub-Zero and Wolf is now making its mark in Charlotte with their South End showroom. This elegantly crafted space—unlike anything else in the Carolinas—grants its clients the ability to organize a preferred appliance selection list prior to visiting. The showroom’s non-retail approach, headed by Showroom Sales Manager Dan Wheeler, allows for an upscale, relaxed, and enjoyable experience. The South End location boasts many of Sub-Zero and Wolf’s famous refrigeration appliances, along with Wolf cooking appliances and Asko dishwashers. With over 20 years of high-end appliance experience, the showroom team provides top

of the line customer service to each client who visits. Visitors will find four full-time professionals to ensure each guest is provided with personalized, premier service. Along with their first-class customer service, the Sub-Zero and Wolf showroom displays over 200 appliances, allowing clients to envision the finished appliance product in their very own home. Visitors to the showroom can also find Chef Vinnie Balducci preparing appetizing goodies to enjoy during their tour. Sub-Zero and Wolf is committed to ensuring each customer experience is not only outstanding, but also personalized to their individual project needs. Call the showroom today to book your first-class, luxurious appliance experience.

127 W Worthington Ave. #180 • Charlotte, NC • Kitchen Showroom • 704.375.6025 • @subzeroandwolf •


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QC Exclusive No. 47 - 2018 - Issue 2 - Ideas Of Home  

For us at QC Exclusive, the intention of good design, beyond utility of course, is to make you feel a particular way when you are in that sp...

QC Exclusive No. 47 - 2018 - Issue 2 - Ideas Of Home  

For us at QC Exclusive, the intention of good design, beyond utility of course, is to make you feel a particular way when you are in that sp...