Fine Homes Luxury Lifestyle Winter 2024

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Fox Chateau! A Stunning European-Style Home Offered by

Heather Hines | Landon Key Realty see page 8

Interior Design, Designed Around You

Candle with Confidence

Wallpaper Trends


FS Design Group

2363 Hendersonville Road – Suite A Arden, NC 28704 828.683.1005 � f.s.designgroup


fine art

“Bear Lake” Artist-Jo Ridge Kelley

Available Oil on linen Original 30 x 48

GALLERY– STUDIO Large Commissioned Oil Paintings

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On the cover... Offered by

Heather Hines • Landon Key Realty


5 Jo Ridge Kelley 16 Interior Design, Designed Around You 24 Candle with Confidence 32 Wallpaper Trends 42 Kitchen and Bath Design 48 Textures and Tones AVL Media, Inc. P.O. Box 18416 Asheville, NC 28814 |

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“Your senses are awakened and you feel like you are right there, totally immersed in the natural world.”

TWIGS AND LEAVES GALLERY is now representing the work of Jo Ridge Kelley. This new relationship will allow Jo to spend more time out in nature painting her widely admired and collected landscapes of the mountains, skies, wildflowers and waterfalls of Western North Carolina. Twigs and Leaves Gallery, located at 98 North Main Street in Waynesville, just down the street from Jo’s working studio at 136 North Main, is selling her original oil paintings, as well as the highest quality fine art Giclee reproductions on canvas that are hand-embellished by Jo. The art gallery sales associates at Twigs and Leaves can help package and ship her paintings, and they can also arrange commission consultations for both home and public buildings and provide regional installations of Jo’s huge paintings - which are her specialty. Jo is excited to partner with the gallery and make her work more broadly available to art lovers/collectors throughout the Southeast and beyond. And with a well-established clientele of 30+ years and continually growing, she is a welcome addition to Twigs and Leaves Gallery, a gallery that itself boasts over 25 years of featuring art and fine craft from many of the finest artists in Western North Carolina. TWIGS AND LEAVES GALLERY may be contacted at, or by phone/text at 828-456-1940.

Jo Ridge Kelley Fine Art Gallery - Studio 136 N Main Street in beautiful downtown Waynesville, NC Open by appointment | 828-226-0549 | |

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VOLUNTEER WITH US WNC Bridge Foundation Estate Sales Services and Thrift Store are friendly, upbeat places to volunteer. Folks of all walks and ages are making a positive impact in our community. CHOOSE YOUR OWN VOLUNTEER ADVENTURE. Find your niche in furniture, vintage clothes, linens, tools, jewelry, rugs, dishes, silverware, artwork, gadgets... etc. You might like interacting with the public by packing-up estates and helping on estate sale days. Or you may prefer working behind the scenes by sorting, cleaning, and unpacking items for the showroom.

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DISCOVER THE FOX CHATEAU AND THE THOMS ESTATE! WELCOME TO FOX CHATEAU! This stunning European-style home is situated in the highly sought-after The Thoms Estate in North Asheville, ten minutes from the eclectic vibes and energy of Asheville’s downtown scene and adjacent to Asheville Country Club. A combination of urban and haven, The Thoms Estate offers a thriving community experience that is social and sophisticated. A neighborhood that embraces a lifestyle, hosting 32 acres of parks, gardens, trails, community spaces, pickleball courts, and basketball courts. Residents here are offered a retreat from the ordinary. This home boasts impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail. Stepping inside, one is immediately greeted by an open, flowing floor plan, highlighted by statuesque ceiling height that creates a sense of grandeur and elegance. The large kitchen island serves as the heart of the home, perfect for entertaining and culinary delights. Special features include main level living, a lower level to host family or guests, two spacious primary suites, and covered outdoor space to enjoy the picturesque views and intoxicating sounds of nature. The temperature controlled wine cellar is seamlessly integrated into the homes design ensuring that you can always enjoy your favorite vintages! Lawn Care is maintained by the HOA which would make this home ideal for the world traveler!

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REALTOR, CLHMS, CSSS, SRES Broker In Charge, Owner and Listing Specialist ECO Designation Certified


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Maison Du Lac

Completely renovated in 2021 with new roof, windows, floors, doors, appliances, cart path to the lake, and two car carport. This stunning 4 BR home is on a large gentle lakefront lot overlooking the Lake Toxaway Marina and Greystone Inn with a beautiful backyard, stone patio adjoining the lake, new stationary dock with ladder, and gentle cart path between the house and lake. This exceptional property also features a generator, encapsulated crawl space, irrigation system, mud room with separate entrance, high-end interior and exterior lighting, and the best location for convenience to all amenities at Lake Toxaway Estates. $4,500,000. MLS 4077872

Lakefront Home on Private Cove Lake Toxaway Estates

One of a kind 4 BR, 6.5 BA home with a magical private setting overlooking Lake Toxaway. This spacious home features hardwood floors, two kitchens, four bedroom suites, cathedral ceilings, and covered porch overlooking the lake. A large stone patio/terrace adjoining the water, and a separate pool house with heated indoor pool. It also has an exceptional rental history and comes fully furnished with a like-new pontoon boat. $3,500,000. MLS 4058432

10 Park Place West Brevard, NC 28712 Office: 828-883-9895 10 Fine Homes | Winter 2024

Substantially Renovated Lake Toxaway Estates

Charming 3 BR, 3 BA lakefront home situated on a 4.32± acre double lot on Lake Cardinal. This home was recently renovated including a new roof, hardwood floors, fresh interior paint, new plumbing, and many other enhancements. Located just minutes from the club and all amenities at Lake Toxaway Estates, this very special property offers extensive outdoor entertaining space and privacy. $2,100,000. MLS 4050373

Lake Toxaway Estates Some of the most beautiful real estate in the country is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina surrounded by state parks and national forests. Lake Toxaway Estates boasts cool summers and the largest private lake in North Carolina. The lake, the country club community and the surrounding area make Lake Toxaway Estates a unique and unmatched second home destination. Lake Toxaway is a 640 acre lake with 14 miles of shoreline. The lake elevation is approximately 3,010 feet and offers swimming, boating, water skiing, sailing and fishing. Lake Toxaway Estates also offers golf, 6 tennis courts, croquet, a Club House with Pro Shop, fine dining, and social programs with the Tom Fazio Golf Learning Center, and a fitness center nearby. Located on Lake Toxaway, the Greystone Inn offers access to the Lake Toxaway Country Club, a spa, six-course gourmet dinners and champagne cruises on the Miss Lucy.

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Straus Park

Refreshed and Move-In Ready - This beautiful 4 BR, 4½ BA custom home is situated on two homesites and features an open plan, large great room with soaring stone fireplace, chef ’s kitchen, 2 bedroom suites on the main floor plus an office. Spacious lower level with 2 bedroom suites, family room with stone fireplace, wine room and extensive storage. Expansive decking and covered porch with fireplace, two car garage and gentle driveway make this home a must see. $1,550,000. MLS 4088349

Knob Ridge

This beautiful custom home sits on nearly 5 private acres with mountain views and ample space for entertaining. Main level living with all 4 BR on the main floor. Upper level offers a large family/bonus space with half bath. Bonus space, fitness area and full bath in the basement. Garages on both the main and lower levels with space for 3+ vehicles and exceptional storage. A spacious front porch, a large back and fenced yard with stonework and fire pit. $1,425,000. MLS 4053813

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117 Blackberry Lane, Fairview, North Carolina 28730 This spacious 4,000-square-foot home is ready for its new owners. With a thoughtful layout, the main level features a primary bedroom, office, formal dining room, and an eat-in kitchen. The oversized laundry room boasts a utility sink and ample storage space. Upstairs, you’ll find a second primary bedroom, a Jack-and-Jill bedroom en-suite, and two b nus rooms for a playroom, office, or extra sleeping rooms. Out the back door, you can enjoy the paver patio and yard space for gardening. The unfinished basement offers great storage or workshop potential. A two-car detached garage and a single-bay garage on the basement level, accessible via a second driveway, provide ample parking. Nestled in picturesque Fairview, this home offers a neighborhood feel while being just 20 minutes from downtown Asheville.

LACEY POWER 828.242.0970 Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 10 Brook Street, Suite 130 | Asheville, NC 28803

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Medallion Pool Company 51 N. Merrimon Ave., Ste 101 Asheville, NC 28804 | 828.253.4594 14 Fine Homes|Winter 2024

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FS Design Group Interior Design, Designed Around You By Natasha Kubis

Growing up in a construction family allowed her to foster enormous respect for the industry. After having service-based companies of her own, April learned that in business, you are only as good as the level of service you provide for your clients. She believes business owners must be willing to do the tasks they love along with the mundane ones needed to push the project over the finish line. After starting her own family, April followed her design passion and created FS Design Group, a company she had dreamed of for many years. Her love for design and uncompromising commitment to quality is evident in every project she takes on. FS Design Group offers personalized and attentive service to clients, providing them with concierge-style service that caters to their unique needs. Whether it’s a complete build-out or simply revamping an existing space, April and her team of professionals work tirelessly to ensure that every detail is perfect. Through her years of experience, April has gained valuable knowledge from successful and challenging projects, which has helped her create a company dedicated to providing top-notch services to clients. April and FS Design Group are the go-to team for anyone looking to elevate their space to the next level.

APRIL GAHAGAN-Fore is a woman who knows design, inside and out—growing up surrounded by a family with a rich history of contractors. Her great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all experts in the field, and this family legacy inspired April to begin working in the industry at a young age. While her peers were taking on fast food jobs, April was busy learning the ins and outs of the trade, honing her skills in laying tile and crafting beautiful upholstered pieces. 16 Fine Homes | Winter 2024

April’s background in the building industry has allowed her to develop a unique eye for design. She is skilled at bridging the gap between what her clients want their space to look like and what a builder can accomplish. Her reputation for excellence is such that contractors request to work with her and recommend her services to their clients. April’s clients recommend her because she creates both commercial and retail spaces that are warm and inviting while still reflecting the customer’s unique style. Every space is unique, so each client gets a personalized experience. FS Design Group offers bespoke interior design services that transform clients’ desires into customized spaces. FS Design is a proficient team of interior designers enthusiastic about creating exceptional interior spaces. They know interior design is not just about placing furniture and decor but crafting the perfect ambiance. They pay close attention to their clients and listen carefully to their vision. They balance practicality with style, resulting in functional and delightful spaces. They specialize in setting the ideal mood in every environment, whether it’s a cozy resort, a creative office, a chatty café, or a family room that encourages togetherness.

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Their approach to interior design is centered around creating functional and enjoyable spaces for everyday use. They understand that trusting a stranger with the responsibility of bringing your design vision to life can be overwhelming, so they ensure their clients are involved in every step of the process. They make their customers feel like they are part of the team and know when to listen to their ideas and when to take the lead. FS Design Group has extensive experience in managing construction, furniture selection, and soft finish staging, and they take pride in working collaboratively with clients to create functional and beautiful spaces filled with color and light. Their exceptional attention to detail and project management skills guarantee that their clients’ projects are completed within budget and to the highest standards. FS Design Group is committed to creating personalized spaces that prioritize clients’ needs, bringing their visions to life. They offer interior design services designed around you.

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“We serve as our client’s advocate with builders, architects, and everyone in between because we know the construction business, and clients trust us to enforce their vision. We have used our vast trade relationships to mitigate supply chain delays. And, we have tapped into our creative problem-solving to pivot when things on a job site go wrong.”, said April. Their team is involved in every step of the project. They begin by visiting the site and reviewing the floor plan. Once they understand the client’s vision, they generate ideas and finalize designs while ensuring they stay within the budget and time allowances. The team prepares documents, solicits bids, and provides guidance in selecting contractors. They review technical drawings, conduct site visits, and supervise project management. They even manage delivery and installation and track every item to ensure client satisfaction. Finally, they schedule a follow-up to ensure post-occupancy satisfaction.

FS Design Group is a versatile and experienced interior design firm that provides an extensive array of services to cater to the diverse needs of its clients. Whether looking for custom drapery and window treatments to enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal or seeking comprehensive interior design solutions, FS Design Group has got you covered. Their expertise extends beyond residential spaces, as they have also successfully collaborated on several commercial design projects with local businesses such as Noble Cider and Salt Faced Mule.

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$2.2 M



345 Midland Drive

55 Plantation Drive

Laura Livaudais | 828.712.5445

Mike Zboyovski II | 828.337.7600

828-367-9001 |

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Sharing the Stories of North Carolina’s Most Distinctive Homes





1409 Stone Gate Drive

263 Sylvan Lane

Joy Pharr | 704.418.2963

Miriam McKinney | 828.777.7924

Asheville | Highlands | Greenville | Charlotte | Lake Norman | Wilmington

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Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor For Over 18 Years We are part of the number one luxury real estate company in the Carolinas. In 2022, Allen Tate and Allen Tate/ Beverly-Hanks combined sales equaled over $2.14 billion. Our focused global marketing seamlessly infused with local market knowledge allows us to reach qualified luxury buyers interested in the Blue Ridge better than any other.

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Luxurious Cotswolds Residence in South Asheville

ENCHANTING TREE - LINED ENTRANCE Exceptional craftsmanship, meticulous detail. Immaculate outdoor living, three levels of pristine interior. Basement offers second living space with private entrance, family/rec room, bonus room, kitchenette, bath, and spacious workout area. Main level features stunning two-story windows, wood flooring, custom accents. Chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, cooktop island. Primary suite with walk-in closet, soaker tub, tiled shower. Each bedroom has its own bath. Three-car garage and hidden treasures. Built by Towery Builders. MLS#4075083 $1,225,000

Nancy Witek, Broker Associate (828) 553-4340 | FLETCHER

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Candle with Confidence If you enjoy candles, you probably love the way their flames illuminate a darkened room, set a certain mood or bring a sense of fun, romance or wonder to your life. Candles are a vital element in many festivals, religious events, birthdays and other major celebrations. Scented candles at a spa or near a bubble bath can also help you to relax and unwind. As daylight shortens during the winter months, this is the perfect time to “Candle with Confidence.” Here are tips to help everyone use candles safely: Follow basic candle safety practices. Never leave a burning candle unattended, and make sure candles are not lit on or near anything that might catch fire. Always keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Prevent candle smoking. Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to 1/4 inch before every use, and be sure to place candles away from drafts, vents or air currents. If a candle continually flickers or smokes, it is not burning properly and should be extinguished. Allow the candle to cool, trim the wick, make sure the area is draft free, then re-light. Beware of “make-your-own” candleholders. Not all glass is the same, so it’s best to avoid burning candles in glass containers that are not specifically designed for candles. Glass candle holders are specifically manufactured to withstand the temperature changes that occur when burning a candle. Everyday glassware is not designed for burning candles. Make votive cleaning easier. Add a few drops of water to the glass of votive holders before inserting the candle to make

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them easier to clean. Caution: Don’t add more than a few drops of water, and don’t add water unless you intend to burn the candle immediately afterward. Over time, a candle wick could absorb the water and won’t burn properly. Also, never use water to extinguish a candle. Prevent candle fading. Avoid placing candles where they will be directly exposed to sunlight or harsh indoor lighting, as candles may fade if they are left in bright light for an extended period of time. Store candles carefully. Keep your candles in a cool, dark and dry place. Tapers or dinner candles should be stored flat to preventing warping. Keep candles clean. You can remove dust and fingerprints from a candle by gently rubbing the surface with a piece of nylon or a soft cloth that is dry or slightly dampened with water. Care for your candleholders. Remove wax drippings from candle holders by running hot water over them. Alternatively, some home care experts prefer removing wax by first placing the candleholder in the freezer for an hour or so. This allows the wax to shrink and easily pop out when the candle holder is removed from the freezer. By following these tips from the National Candle Association, you’ll be able to light your candle, burn it safely and be confident you are getting the most out of each burn and every candle. Find more expert tips and information at

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Exceptional historic Biltmore Forest property on 3.3 acres tucked away near the Biltmore Estate. Imagined and created by noted Beaux Arts inspired architect William Lawrence Bottemly the home has been totally renovated for today’s lifestyle, Additions of a main floor master wing and a kitchen/family living wing are superb amenities enhancing the formal living room, dining room and library. Finely detailed millwork creates the perfect foil for art and decor. Outdoor living is paramount with formal and casual spaces as well as open flat areas for recreation. Guests or staff can hide away over the detached garage. MLS#4076396 $4,400,000


Broker (828) 273-0277 37 years of excellence in luxury real estate.

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21 BATTERY PARK, ASHEVILLE Enjoy living in the heart of Downtown Asheville in this light filled, spacious condo with views of the mountains and historic buildings. This corner condo enters off a multi-story atrium, nicely furnished and inviting. The rooms are large and open onto 3 balconies and a covered patio. The decor is neutral and will accommodate any style of furniture. In addition to good storage in the unit, there is a separate large, lockable storage room that is heated and cooled. Owners have access to the rooftop with outside and inside entertaining areas, an exercise room & stunning views in all directions. There are two secure parking spaces. This ideal location allows you to walk to many fine and different restaurants, interesting shops and entertainment venues. Experience urban living at its finest. MLS#4067139 $1,260,000

12 PHEASANT RIDGE DR ASHEVILLE Don’t miss this stunning remodel on a .67 acre lot at the end of a cul-de-sac In Woodland Hills. There are lovely wood floors in the living, dining & family rooms. In the kitchen are an oversized refrigerator, gas cooktop, 3 ovens, a microwave, ample drawers & marble counters. The primary bedroom with ensuite bath extends the width of the house. Decor is neutral. MLS#4067139 $795,000


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JUST SOLD 187 Southcliff Pkwy, Fairview, NC One-of-a-kind Luxury Custom Home in beautiful Southcliff! Come delight in this recently completed Modern Craftsman style home where every detail has been carefully planned for space and function, allowing the design, architecture and setting to be unmatched! There is a luxurious primary on the main and two additional primary w/ensuite and a fourth bedroom/study/art room. Magnificent open floor plan with soaring ceilings complimented by warm wood accents, large windows, pecan floors, 8’ doors, cathedral windows and two, floor to ceiling fireplaces make this home perfect for entertaining. Chef ’s kitchen with knotty alder cabinetry, large island and butler’s pantry is a culinary arts dream! Enjoy multiple outdoor spaces including a three season porch, an upper and lower deck, a stone fire pit patio and front of the home portico entertaining patio, allowing for mountain living at its finest. Come see one of Asheville’s finest luxury homes combining ease of living and exceptional quality.

Brent Russell

Broker, LRE, ABR, AHWD


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Cheryl Cannizzaro 954-547-2027

Residential Broker Associate CERTIFIED LUXURY HOME MARKETING SPECIALIST As a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), my skill set and interest lie with assisting Buyers and Sellers of luxury homes. Buying or selling homes in this market often requires a high level of confidentiality and a connection to resources often needed for clients who have second homes. My goal is to provide clients with a seamless experience in the transaction process. Focusing on luxury level staging in order to best showcase a home is a passion that I enjoy. This allows for a quicker sale as well as giving potential buyers a luxury snapshot of what the home can become for them. Buying or selling luxury real estate can be an enjoyable experience when partnering with an experienced agent. I look forward to assisting you.

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A Home for your Downtown Asheville Lifestyle


Modern Luxury Design Meets Idyllic Mountain Views •

42-residence property

Upscale on-site restaurant

Overlooks South Slope neighborhood

Outdoor living areas

Mulitple Green Globe certifications

Off-street, deeded parking

On-site concierge & security

Secure, elevated green space

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Wallpaper Trends Wallpaper trends are constantly evolving in the world of luxury home decor and it can be hard to keep up. However, one thing is for sure – stripes, animal prints, and murals are all the rage. These three elements bring a level of sophistication and elegance into any room, creating a space that is both bold and memorable. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at these wallpaper trends that are taking the luxury home market by storm. Striped wallpaper has been a popular choice for a while now and it continues to be on-trend. The beauty of stripes is that they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, giving you plenty of options to choose from. Whether you are looking to make a statement with thick, bold stripes or prefer a more subtle approach with thin, delicate lines, there is something for everyone. In addition, striped wallpaper is extremely versatile and can be mixed and matched with other patterns to create a unique, personalized look. That’s why it’s no surprise that interior decorators are still obsessed with striped wallpaper. Animal print wallpaper, on the other hand, is a new trend that is quickly gaining popularity in the luxury home market. From leopard and cheetah prints to zebra and tiger stripes, animal prints bring a touch of exoticism and glamour to any room in the house. These prints work well in neutral color palettes such as beige, cream, and black, as well as in bolder hues like red, blue, and green. Animal prints are also versatile and can be incorporated into any interior design style, from traditional to contemporary. Whether you want a little or a lot of this trend, use it on an accent wall or

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throughout the room, animal print wallpaper is an excellent choice for those who want to make a statement. Lastly, murals are a wallpaper trend that is here to stay. Murals are different from traditional wallpaper as they often depict a scene or image that spans the entire wall, creating a work of art that transforms the room. Murals can be abstract, realistic, or interpretive, and can be as simple or complex as you desire. This trend is perfect for those who want their walls to tell a story or evoke a certain emotion. Murals have been popping up in the most luxurious of homes, elevating the space and creating a truly unforgettable experience. So, which wallpaper trend is right for you? It all depends on what mood you are trying to convey. Stripes are classic and versatile, animal prints are daring and exotic, and murals are imaginative and storytelling. No matter which trend you choose, remember to aim for quality over quantity. Luxury homes deserve the best and that means investing in highquality wallpaper that is durable and long-lasting. Wallpaper trends are constantly evolving, but one thing is for sure – stripes, animal prints, and murals are three trends that are here to stay. These three elements have captured the attention of interior decorators and luxury homeowners alike, and it is easy to see why. So, whether you are looking to create a bold statement or to add a touch of glamour, consider these wallpaper trends when designing your next luxury space.

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123 Roberts Street, Asheville, NC 28801 (941) 587-9502


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Your Historic Dream Home Awaits!

ASHEVILLE, NC Walking distance to the hottest restaurants, galleries, music venues and bars in the River Arts District, this luxury home combines the charm of the 1920’s with today’s modern amenities. No expense was spared during renovation and it shows. Light, bright and inviting with an open floor plan, formal dining room, office/library space and truly more than we can list here. Bathrooms nicer than most high end spas? Yep. Chef ’s kitchen with custom cabinetry, marble surfaces and stainless steel appliances? Of course. Composite low maintenance decking? Certainly. Fenced yard for the pups, new roof, new siding and spray foam insulation, new plumbing, new electric tankless hot H20 heat, fully encapsulated crawl space and the list goes on. There’s even room to build a garage. This is exactly what you’re looking for! $775,000

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316 South Braeside Court, Asheville, NC 28803 SET ON A TRANQUIL RIDGE IN BILTMORE PARK you will find this extraordinary property that spans an impressive 2.51 acres of meticulously landscaped private land, with winter views that will leave you in awe. The exterior evokes the timeless charm of a French château, with its stately presence and elegant architectural details. However, the true magic of this home lies within, where the interior has been meticulously upgraded to seamlessly blend modern elegance with its open and light-filled spaces. A grand two-story foyer greets you with its beautiful spiral staircase, floor-to-ceiling fireplace and an incredible wall of windows. The spacious living room is ideal for entertaining, as it overlooks and walks out into a private outdoor oasis with a recently refinished pool and spa, pool house and covered porch. The owner’s wing on the main level is a true showstopper. It boasts new black walnut hardwood floors, a cozy parlor graced by a marble fireplace, exquisite lighting and an entirely new primary bath that is nothing short of a masterpiece. The kitchen has been completely reimagined with new custom cabinets and island, new appliances and a custom mixed-metal range hood, all flanked by thick, handsome granite and quartzite countertops. The kitchen seamlessly flows into a spacious keeping room, and the entire area opens to the poolside space, creating a perfect atmosphere for hosting gatherings. Upstairs, you’ll discover four additional en-suite bedrooms, along with a bonus room that offers versatile possibilities. You will find the perfect harmony of classic architectural beauty and modern luxury within this estate, offering a lifestyle that’s unparalleled in both elegance and comfort.

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SANDI AUBUCHON 828.707.0787

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Kitchen and Bath Design When you walk from room to room within your home, do you see yourself within the design? For many people, the answer is no. They tend to select interior design based on trends or what other people suggest, which makes the space feel less authentic. Your home should feel unique to you and be a place you love today and years from now. It’s important to consider your personal preferences and style so that you can create a home that is uniquely yours, and the best places to focus this energy are the kitchen and bathrooms. “Kitchens and bathrooms often feature white colors and clean lines, but there’s no rule that says that’s the only option,” said Alex Yacavone, Kohler Design Studio manager who specializes in color, material and finish. “It’s an exciting time for interior design because more people are getting away from basic neutrals and adding their personality in new, unexpected ways.” She stressed that kitchens and bathrooms are the best places within the home to transform interior design with your personality in mind. Bathrooms are some of the most frequently visited spaces in the house and kitchens are the center of it all. Investing in the design of these spaces is worthwhile because it will be regularly used and enjoyed. Ideas to get started Yacavone suggests thinking about your goals. How do you plan to interact with the space? What would make this interaction more useful and enjoyable? What elements have you noticed and noted in magazines, stores or other homes? The answers to these questions will give you direction. One of the best ways to add personality to a space is through elements of different color, material and finish. This allows you to tell a story in the design and make the space one of a kind. Think of different hues or textures that speak to you and how they reflect your personal style or the energy you want to evoke. Yacavone shares some examples: Titanium: Conveys strength and style. Moodier and deeper in tone than polished nickel or chrome, it complements dark spaces as well as bright clean backdrops. 42 Fine Homes | Winter 2024

Matte black: Feels rich and modern. For instance, this striking hue becomes a defining bathroom element in the honed black color Numi 2.0 rectangle toilet. French gold: Warm and refined, French gold is a finish that can be layered into many different aesthetics, standing the test of time in bathrooms and kitchens. Heritage colors: Fun and eye-catching, explore pops of color found in Kohler’s heritage collection. For example, a kitchen sink in the vivid teal hue Spring Green or a clawfoot bathtub in the warm pink tone of Peachblow. Florals: Classic and comfortable, consider featuring florals in unexpected ways including the bold floral photography sink designs in the Dutch Master collection. Soft neutrals: Organic and welcoming, the new color Truffle is a warm neutral that is an ideal foundational color. Reflective of Mother Nature, Truffle complements warm finishes well, including French gold. For more ideas and inspiration about finish, color and material, visit Striking balance When adding personality to the kitchen and bath, it’s important to find balance in design. A good way to make sure personal design doesn’t go overboard is to determine a focal point. “Select a focal point in the room and build out from there,” suggested Yacavone. “Maybe it’s colored cabinets or a pattern on the sink. This becomes your touchstone that you can go back to if it feels like you’re losing focus or adding too many competing elements.” Go ahead, get personal Your home is where you should feel you belong. Adding personality to kitchen and bathroom spaces allows you to create a home that is uniquely yours. Explore how your individual style can redefine your interior design choices.

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MASTER BUILDER KIRIL NIKOLOV is pleased to bring you this gorgeous Modern Farmhouse on a large private lot in Kenilworth. Designed by award winning architects Rusafova/Markulis this beautiful home lives large with a contemporary design and modern layout. Main Level contains the open living/dining area complete with luxury appliances, built in seating area, butlers pantry, full bath, fireplace, large deck and guest bedroom. Moving upstairs through the natural light filled staircase the upper level has 2 guest bedrooms, the primary suite and laundry room. Primary Suite with soaring vaulted ceilings, great closets with custom built-ins, floating vanity and en-suite bathroom. Primary bath with soaking tub and waterfall shower. Freestanding two car garage with a breezeway to keep you nice and dry. MLS#4057707 $929,000

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Textures and Tones When it comes to decorating a luxury home, one of the most important aspects to consider is the fusion of textures and tones. Combining different textures and tones can add depth, personality, and interest to a space, creating a unique and sophisticated environment. Let’s explore the importance of texture and tone in luxury home design, and provide some tips on how to effectively combine them in your own home. Texture is an essential element of interior design, as it adds a tactile quality to a room. From plush velvets to smooth silks, incorporating different textures into a space can create a sense of warmth and richness. When selecting textures for your luxury home, pay attention to the weight and tactile qualities of each material. Consider using textured fabrics like a nubby linen or a chunky knit for drapes, accent pillows, or throws. You can also incorporate textured wallpaper or add a textured rug to anchor a room. The key to successful texture mixing is to balance rough and smooth textures. For example, if you have a plush velvet sofa, use a rougher-hewn coffee table to create contrast. Tone, on the other hand, is all about the color and mood of a space. Using different tones can evoke different emotions and set the tone for a specific room. The colors you choose for your luxury home should reflect your personality, but also create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting. For example, using a palette of warm beige, cream, and gray can create a soft and calming tone, while using rich jewel tones like ruby or emerald can create a more dramatic and opulent atmosphere. The key to successful tone mixing is to select complementary colors that work well together. Use a color wheel to help you choose the right hues.

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Once you have selected your textures and tones, it’s time to start combining them in your space. One of the most popular ways to fuse textures and tones is to use a monochromatic color scheme. This creates a cohesive look that is both luxurious and sophisticated. For example, you could use various shades of beige, cream, and taupe to create a cozy living room. Incorporate a textured rug, silky pillows, and a plush velvet sofa for added depth. Add some depth to the space by adding depth through varying tones, such as cream walls with darker beige chairs and a taupe sofa. Another way to incorporate texture and tone into a luxury home is to use contrasting colors. This can create a bold and dynamic look, and can work especially well in larger spaces. For example, pair a rich navy blue sofa with vibrant rust-colored accent pillows to create a visually stunning living room. Add a graphic black and white rug and textured curtains for added interest. The key to successful contrast is to use two to three colors that complement each other well. The fusion of textures and tones is an essential element of luxury home design. By using different textures and tones, you can create a space that is both inviting and visually dynamic. When decorating your luxury home, be sure to select a variety of textures and tones that reflect your personality and style. Experiment with different color combinations and textures until you find the perfect balance. With the right design elements and a careful eye, you can create a space that is not only luxurious, but also uniquely your own.

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