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Make Yourself

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DĂŠcor Done Right

Shameem Ravelli Offers Farmhouse Chic Charm

Let Freedom Spring With Boho Style & Watercolor Details

Designing Women

7 Local Designers Make Charlotte Homes Beautiful

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Inside This Issue

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6 Editor’s Letter Home Sweet Home 8 Queen’s List

Goings On Around Town

10 Girl Power

Eat, Shop, Drink & Be Powerful


16 Seen In The City

Out And About In Charlotte

18 Designing Women

Meet Seven Talented Charlotte Designers

26 Dwellings

The State Of The Housing Market


38 Strong Equals Sexy

The Benefits Of Strength Training

40 Business Spotlight

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A Natural Look Offers Hair-Loss Solutions

42 Style Let Freedom Spring

48 I Really Think My Wannabe Green Thumb

In the March 2015 issue, the lead photo for Dwellings should have been credited to Lauren Nicole Designs.

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Home Sweet Home n this issue, we feature a story on a handful of interior designers around Charlotte.The seven women highlighted are just a drop in the bucket to what’s available, design-wise, in our city. Google “interior design,” and you will find page upon page of names of qualified designers. Charlotte might be known as a banking hub … but if you consider all of the talented designers available in the city, you might be more inclined to call it the place for designing women! What I found ironic about our featured interior designers was that nearly all of them started down other business paths before finding their niche in design. One was studying clinical psychology when she decided her true calling was interior design. Another got her start in fashion, while another was anchored in clothing and textiles. One especially industrious woman still has a full-time job in human resources in addition to her own design firm! I think that the prolific number of designers, and their far-flung beginnings, highlights a simple fact: Women love their homes. It is very nearly universal. It also makes good sense. Our homes house the people (and animals) we love most. The home hugs those loved ones close to us, and they leave their mark, as well … from dirty handprints and crumpled socks to the crayon masterpiece hanging on the refrigerator. Better yet, the home insulates us from the rest of the world. No matter what problems the outside world encounters, inside our homes, we define our space. It’s a measure of control that we all crave. The house is the palette for your

life. Whether it’s a 3,000-square-foot Victorian, a 120-year-old historic home, or a tiny condominium with spackled walls and water that tastes like ash, the home is not simply where the heart is … it’s where the expression of your family can flourish. Who are you? Look around your home and it will tell the tale. To me, decorating your home offers a form of creativity reminiscent to playing dress-up. Sure, the structure of the home is difficult (and pricey!) to change, but the other variables are so easy to play with. It’s fun! Even the budgetconscious can buy new pillows, plant a flat of snapdragons, or hang up a unique vintage find. And you don’t even have to be good at it — as long as your efforts make you happy. Go to Target, buy a set of new pillows or a handful of towels, and voila! You’ve changed your world. The effect is immediate. Sometimes, immediacy is what we need most of all. Much of life is about waiting and working and holding on until something good comes through — a positive prognosis from the doctor, the tally of final grades, that raise you’ve been hoping for, approval on the loan. We wait at stoplights, in line at the grocery store. We wait for that certain someone to notice us. We wait. And so, it’s nice to have a world at our fingertips that we can control and maneuver — not tomorrow, not next year, but now! Home is where we can offer ourselves a tiny distraction by creating something fun or beautiful or quirky. Today.

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Queen’s List

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The Power Of One Ramona Holloway Hosts Project One Fundraiser on’t miss the annual fundraiser of Project One Scholarship Fund April 30 at Byron’s South End in Charlotte, featuring 107.9 FM The Link’s Ramona Holloway as hostess, and former Carolina Panther Mike Minter as guest of honor.

Dancing With Diversity Two Cultural Events In Charlotte elebrate Charlotte’s diversity with two unique cultural events this spring: “Dances of India,” and “Dancing Through Latin America.”

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Dances Of India On April 25 at 4 p.m., experience the history and culture of India at “Dances of India,” featuring internationally acclaimed performer and choreographer Dr. Maha Gingrich and group. The 13th anniversary of “Dances of India” features more than 30 dancers performing 3,000-year-old classical Indian dances. • “Dances of India” is being performed at CPCC’s Central Campus, Dale F. Halton Theater, at the Overcash Center. Tickets

are $10 for adults; $5 for children. For information, call 704/330-6534 or visit tix.cpcc.edu. Dancing Through Latin America On May 2 at 7 p.m., enjoy the 13th annual bilingual “Dancing Through Latin America,” a colorful pageant and fundraiser that showcases dances from 15 different Latin American countries, including South America, the Caribbean and Spain. • “Dancing Through Latin America” is being performed at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for children. For information, visit Carolinatix.org.

Both Holloway and Minter were raised in single-parent homes, and are examples of how the power of one can impact the lives of many. This concept embodies the mission of Project One Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to providing financial and mentoring support to college-bound students from single parent households. Project One scholarships help students attend a public college or university that their families could not otherwise afford. POSF provides a four-year commitment to helping students start down the path of success.

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The Bag Lady Luncheon he Bag Lady Luncheon is coming to Mooresville’s Trump National Golf Club on April 28, featuring keynote speaker Miki Racine Berardelli, president of digital commerce and chief marketing officer of Chico’s, White House/Black Market, Soma Intimates and Boston Proper. Sheri Lynch, of the Bob & Sheri Show, will serve as emcee. In addition to a special luncheon, the event includes a large silent auction featuring many new and “gently used” designer handbags, fashion accessories, jewelry and other premium items. The event is presented by Trump International Realty, and 100 percent of proceeds benefit The Patriot Charities, a local nonprofit organization supporting wounded military and their families in the Carolinas.

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n April 15, Pfeiffer University is presenting the 2015 Heart of Grace Award to the dynamic mother-daughter duo of Lynne Scott Safrit, president and COO for Castle and Cook, LLC, and leader of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, and Elizabeth Safrit, 2014 Miss United States. The Heart of Grace Award is presented annually to celebrate the achievements of Charlotte-area women whose lives and work embody a spirit of servant leadership in their communities and the world, exemplifying the intentions and spirit of Pfeiffer’s commitment to service.


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chi-chi adj. [pronounced she•she] 1. Extremely chic, sophisticated

ith the hint of spring (finally!) and Easter upon us, we suddenly have plenty to celebrate. Why not try something different this season, and host a “chi-chi” afternoon tea? Hostesses might enjoy planning a special afternoon tea or get-together, and those who are less fluent with etiquette may find that it’s fun to entertain with a “proper” flourish. Davidson, N.C., resident Aimee Symington worked for years in the corporate sector before founding her two etiquette companies — Successful Kids Inc. and Finesse Worldwide Inc. A modern-day Miss Manners, she has appeared on The Today Show as an etiquette expert, and has given advice to thousands of people in a variety of sectors, from personal to corporate. Consider Symington’s tips for a fabulous springtime event: Q: Can you share tips for hosting a “proper” afternoon tea? A: If you are planning on having a formal afternoon tea, use nice teacups with saucers, not mugs. The typical tea to serve is loose tea that you will strain with an infuser into each teacup, but you may use teabags if you’d rather. Small tea sandwiches with crusts cut off, scones, and petit fours or small pastries are served on a multi-tiered plate, if you have one. Also remember to offer clotted or Devonshire cream and jam with the scones. As the hostess, make sure that the water for tea is always hot, and that you serve your guests their tea. Remember not to make noise when you stir the milk or sugar into your tea! Afternoon tea is typically served between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. Q: Are there certain dos and don’ts for an afternoon tea or special brunch? A: When guests arrive, you want to make things as easy for yourself as possible so you can enjoy your guests and be a good hostess. To reduce your workload and stress, have the table set ahead of time, the food all prepared and ready to go, and drinks set out. Another nice touch is to have all of your family members there to greet your guests as they arrive. If your children have never met some of the guests before, remind them to shake the guest’s hand, look them in the eyes when talking, say “It’s nice to meet you,” and make polite conversation. Children can also be in charge of taking coats or offering appetizers. Decorations for the table do not have to be elaborate and expensive to be nice. Bring in some fresh spring flowers or visit sites

like Pinterest to find pretty table setting ideas. Name cards are helpful, and you can do this very easily or even have your kids make some. When placing the cards, put the hosts at the heads of the table, separate couples, and then place the most honored guests (oldest, boss, birthday person, etc.) to the right of the hosts. A good hostess makes sure that everyone at the table feels included and part of the conversation. Ask questions of others to engage them. If you want a more informal feel to your brunch, set out the drinks and have your guests help themselves. Don’t worry about asking for help, because most people are happy to pitch in, but leave the cleanup for when your guests leave. Q: Do the standards of good etiquette differ when visiting family instead of friends/ acquaintances? A: Whenever you visit someone’s home, it’s a nice idea to bring a hostess gift — flowers, wine, household item — but with family it’s not usually expected. If you are going

for a meal, however, it is always polite to offer to bring something to eat or drink. Because you are visiting family, it’s also a nice idea to offer to help out once you’re there. Offer to help cook, set the table, take out the garbage, or pour drinks. No one likes the family member who plops himself on the sofa and expects to be waited on! Many people have gotten in the habit of coming late to a party or dinner, but it’s rude to be more than 15 minutes late. If you know you will be late, call the host. The other thing you want to avoid doing is being connected to your phone when visiting anyone’s home. Do not bring it to the table, and it’s best to just put it on vibrate and then put it away! Whether you are visiting family or friends, always remember to send a hand-written thank you note within a week, if possible. Hand-written notes are much more meaningful than a quick email.


Table To-Dos If you’re hosting a brunch, consider these easy tips to help you set the table like a queen: • Forks are placed on the left of the plate; knives and spoons are to the right. • Place silverware that will be used last closest to the plate, then work your way out. For example, if you are having an appetizer salad before the main meal, the small salad fork would be placed on the outside left of the main course fork. • Remember that the blade of the knife faces in toward the plate, and put dessert silverware at the top of the plate. • To easily remember where the bread plate and drink glasses go, try this simple tip: Make a circle using your fingers and thumb, then stick your index finger up to make a small letter “b” with your left hand and a small letter “d” on your right. This will remind you that the bread plate goes to the left of the plate, and the drink glasses go to the right of the plate above the silverware.

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Rusty Rabbit Offers Farmhouse Chic Charm

f you’ve driven down Seventh Street in historic Elizabeth, you’ve probably noticed the “big purple house.” Formerly La-Tea-Da’s, the landmark is now home to a treasure trove of local furniture and art carefully cultivated by owner Shameem Ravelli, and is affectionately known as the Rusty Rabbit. From photography to paintings to upholstered furniture created by Ravelli herself, Shameem and husband John have created a unique retail experience with the Rusty Rabbit. Originally located in NoDa, the Rusty Rabbit brought its farmhouse chic charm to the area in September 2014 in order to gain four times the floor space they previously occupied. Delving into a new location can be challenging, especially in retail. Ravelli says the response has been great, and she loves being a part of the eclectic neighborhood. According to a recent customer, the Rusty Rabbit “fills a niche for Charlotte that was missing.” Creativity runs in Ravelli’s family. She grew up with an architect father and a mother who was an art teacher. “My parents were constantly renovating houses,” she says. “They had a bug for it!” The artistic bug spread to Ravelli, who went back to school for architecture and interior design and has been knee-deep in

paint and furniture dust ever since. After meeting her husband, who shares the same talent for home renovations, the couple opened their original location in NoDa to showcase Ravelli’s hand-carved upholstered furniture. Shameem focuses on renovating reclaimed wood furniture, upholstered pieces and repurposing old items as new. The Ravellis find their treasures through estate sales, auctions and what they call “barnstorming,” where they search for old materials and furniture often left in old barns or silos. Ravelli says,“If we see something that inspires us, we buy it. I love real, authentic materials. If I see a gorgeous piece of metal, wood or glass, I will find something to do with it.” In addition to showcasing Ravelli’s pieces, the Rusty Rabbit rents spaces to local artists such as jewelry designers, photographers, painters and more. Ravelli wants the different art to flow together and complement one another like a gallery. With space for 30 artists at a time, Ravelli hopes the Rusty Rabbit will become a community where artists

can promote one another, in addition to spreading the word about the Rusty Rabbit. “Charlotte is a good art community and there are a lot of great artists that are hidden in the background,” Ravelli says. “We want to be a venue for up-and-coming local artists who may be underappreciated.” In addition to managing the Rusty Rabbit as well as her own constant home renovations, Ravelli is also mother to an 11-month-old daughter, which has taught her how to balance her home and work life. “Every hour I have is filled — from being at the store to doing paperwork to bath time and dinner time,” she says. “It can be a struggle, but it’s all a labor of love. You have to love what you do, and then it’s not work.” Ravelli has big plans for the Rusty Rabbit’s future. From holding monthly open houses which will feature new artists, to hosting furniture painting

classes and jewelry making classes, as well as offering interior design services, the possibilities for the Rusty Rabbit are endless. There is one thing that probably won’t change: the store’s famous purple exterior. But in true Rusty Rabbit fashion, it might get freshened up a bit.

ToLearnMore The Rusty Rabbit is located at 1942 E. Seventh Street. The store is open Wednesday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Rustyrabbitdesign.com.

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Achoooo! Charlotte Says Pollen Is For The Birds pring is here, but it’s not all daffodils and roses! Along with the hint of warmer weather come certain pitfalls … namely daylight savings time and pollen. When asked which one was the worst to deal with, Charlotte was nearly unanimous in its disgust for the icky yellow gunk. Here’s the official percentage from Facebook and email tallies:

76% HATE pollen most


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What You Said … Gale Monteith says, “I hate pollen! My whole family suffers from it. Daylight savings time I love. More time to get things done!” Grace Cote agrees. “Pollen! No contest.” Karen Brunelle has strong feelings against the allergyinducing stuff. “Pollen. It’s the devil!” Nan Gray says, “Pollen, for sure. I love DST because I actually have time out in my little courtyard at night before it gets dark!” Kathy Deiulio also is a fan of daylight savings time. “I love the longer sunlight hours and not getting out of work when it’s already dark!” Wanda Belk agrees, saying, “Definitely the pollen. Having extra daylight revives, renews and makes for a happier person. Dwelling in darkness is misery.” A few had good reasons why daylight savings time was their least favorite part of spring. Jennifer Dunn Guido, a mother of three, notes, “Daylight savings time is miserable when you have young children.” Susan Yates also hates daylight savings time. “It’s outdated and irrelevant,” she says. “And I have a hard enough time getting up in the morning without having my alarm go off an hour earlier.” Nancy Newton Vance agrees. “Daylight savings time. The older I get, it takes my body longer to adjust. I can take something for pollen.” [TCW]

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SeenInTheCity Eat, Shop, Drink & Be Powerful n March 11, LaCa Projects hosted the special event “Celebrating Women in Publishing.” The event featured TCW publisher Sharon Simpson, along with The Charlotte Observer publisher Ann Caulkins, La Noticia publisher Hilda Gurdian, and Pride Magazine’s Dee Dixon. Journalist Mary C. Curtis was the keynote speaker.

Many came out to support women in publishing.

The event offered networking.

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Pat Martinez and Sharon Simpson.

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A selection of Charlotte-area publications by and for women.

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Seven Local Designers Make Charlotte Homes Gorgeous lly Whalen was born and raised in Vermont, and likewise appreciates the simpler things in life. Her career began in the fashion world, which brought her to North Carolina, where she earned a degree in apparel and textile design. From there, she worked in sales and marketing for many years, but never lost sight of her love for design. She began decorating on the side, and in two years was able to leave the corporate world to focus on her true passion. She owns Simplicity Interiors, in Cornelius. www.TodaysCharlotteWomanMag.com | April 2015 18

Q: What types of projects excite you? A: They all excite me, but I particularly love remodel/ design jobs. I enjoy when I can walk into a space and completely transform it into my vision. From knocking down walls to picking out pillows, I do it all and enjoy every minute of it. Q: What is your favorite design element for spring? A: Tough question! Right now I love anything with trees and branches, from fabric to wallpaper to art. As

Ally Whalen

a “Vermonter,” I grew up in the Green Mountain State and trees to me not only represent where I’m from, but I pride myself on being grounded, so they’re a nice symbol that represent my roots and faith. Q: What element could all homes benefit from? A: Good lighting. People underestimate the statement lighting makes in a home. So often I’ll walk into a home and they don’t have one table lamp in their main living room area, just overhead lights. Lighting is often overlooked, but it can really make or break a space and it’s one of my favorite things to source for clients. Q: Quirkiest or most intriguing client you’ve had? A: One of my recent kitchen remodel clients was absolutely a joy to work with. She was eclectic in style with a laidback personality, so as the space evolved so did my creativity. You just want to curl up on a couch with her and drink some wine!

ToLearnMore Visit Simplicity-interiors.com.


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Q: Tell me a little about your business. A: I have been working in interior design since 2002. I worked for a design firm for three years and then went out on my own. I went back to school to study interior design at

Central Piedmont Community College when I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up! I work in a lot of new construction and renovations. Q: What types of projects excite you? A: I especially like working on renovations and additions, and I love making an existing space function better! It’s like fuming out a puzzle. Q: What is your favorite design element for spring? A: I love working with neutrals, with a

pop of color, and every room needs a fabulous chair. Q: What element could all homes benefit from? A: Space planning — thinking about how you live in the space firsthand. Q: Quirkiest or most intriguing client you’ve ever had? A: One that said,“I want the coolest house on the lake,” and I did just that!

ToLearnMore Visit Designinthecity.net.

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arbara Valentim is founder of Design in the City, an interior design firm that often works with clients from the blueprint stage onward. She is known for her sleek style, creative vision and friendly personality.


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Kerri Robusto

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erri Robusto has a business degree in marketing and real estate from Baylor University, but interior design has always been a love. After graduation, friends often asked Robusto for decorating help, and she realized she could have a career in “something fun.” Now, she says, strangers hire her to help them. Q: Tell me a little about your style. A: My style is very eclectic. I love to mix old and new, and modern and rustic. I also love to display family photos and accessories that have a story behind them. Q: What types of projects excite you? A: Long-term projects, where I can really get to know my clients; where we do one or two rooms at a time and really transform their entire home. These clients become friends, and I always have them in mind when I’m out shopping. I’ll see a piece and think,“Oh, that would be perfect for Wendy.” I also love to decorate model homes

or show homes, because they are a blank slate, and I get to design the entire house in a very short period. I worked for a national homebuilder for many years. I was fortunate enough to design and decorate one of the homes in the 2011 HomeArama home tour in Charlotte. Over 4,000 people toured the house, and I won for Best Interior Design. Q: What is your favorite design element for spring? A: Wallpaper. I can’t use it enough! I have at least one room of wallpaper planned for every client right now. Q: What element could all homes benefit from? A: Creating a focal point, whether it’s a fireplace, artwork, an amazing light fixture or a piece of furniture. Not your big-screen TV! The focal point can set the tone for the room or the rest of the house. Q: Quirkiest or most intriguing client you’ve ever had? A: Hmmmm. I definitely have some quirky tales, but most of my clients are local and read TCW! Slippery slope!

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Cheryl Luckett incorporate tropical plants into my outdoor living spaces. There’s just something about green foliage that adds life to indoor spaces and lushness to outdoor ones.

Q: Tell me about your business. A: I believe that everyone, no matter their budget, deserves to live in a space that they can’t wait to come home to. I work with clients who are a lot like me: They love their homes but don’t have thousands upon thousands of dollars at their disposal to decorate them. Not many people believe it, but by day I work full-time outside of interior design at a large corporation in human resources. Let’s just say if I had a nickel for every time I heard,“When do you sleep?” I’d have more than a few dollars.

Q: What element could all homes benefit from? A: Hands down, vintage pieces. Vintage pieces typically add so much character to a space. You can take big-box store and retail finds and add in vintage items, and instantly have something infinitely more interesting.

Q: What types of projects excite you? A: I love projects where the clients completely trust me. I’m always excited by a project that doesn’t come with a long list of restrictions, hang-ups and preconceived notions about what the finished product should be. Q: What is your favorite design element for spring? A: I’m craving lush greens, both in terms of color and actual botanicals. I’m a big gardener, and this year I plan to

Q: Quirkiest or most intriguing client you’ve ever had? A: It’s strange how life can bring you full circle. I’m currently working on a nursery project for a young lady who I used to babysit as a teenager. She grew up in the home next to me in Mississippi and now we’re both in Charlotte and I’m designing a space in her first home for her first child.

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heryl Luckett launched Dwell by Cheryl Interiors in 2012, out of a desire to offer beautifully designed spaces to the budget-conscious. She is known for creating well-appointed spaces on a budget with thrift finds, reinvented vintage furniture pieces and a little bit of DIY. In 2013, she began working with local Habitat ReStores as a blogger and social media promoter. In addition to her design business, she works full time in human resources.



eslie Williams specializes in offering an eclectic style that suits her client’s needs. With a bachelor’s in business administration from UNC Charlotte, Williams worked in the corporate world until 1998, when she decided to switch gears and get her interior design degree from Central Piedmont Community College. She received her CQRID accreditation in 2008.

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Q: When did you start designing? A: I started designing as a little girl, making houses for my Barbie dolls and decorating my dollhouse with wallpaper, paint and homemade furniture and accessories. After college I worked in corporate business until 1998, when I changed direction and started my own business providing window treatments. Upon completion of my design degree, I founded Leslie Williams Interior Design.


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Q: What are you known for? A: I am known for listening to my client’s needs and dreams for their home, and then creating functional, livable spaces like they envisioned. I love it when clients say, “You understood exactly what I wanted this room to look like!” Many designers have a certain style for which they are known; I actually love to try my hand at all different styles. Q: What types of projects excite you? A: Each project is exciting to me because each client has their own unique style and preferences to color, pattern and texture. Every day I get to work on something different, which makes it fun and exciting for this Gemini! I love meeting new people and learning something new every day from my clients.

A: I am currently working on combinations of navy and white with concentrated pops of color. It is a nice, clean look. Lately, I have been creating a lot of interior spaces with gray, so it is a nice change for spring! I always love rooms with lots of texture in the fabrics. This works well in any scheme, but especially monochromatic schemes, to add interest.

Q: What is your favorite design element for spring?

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Q: What are you known for? A: I am known for several things, but I think the most important thing to me as a designer is to have the

Q: Where did you obtain your flair for design? A: I learned everything I know about design from my mom, Linda Riddiough. She has been a decorator since I was 2 years old. And now we get to work together, which is extra special. Q: What is your favorite design element for spring? A: My favorite part of designing this spring is outdoor spaces! This is the

perfect time to address your outdoor space and make it a true extension of your interior space. This is also the perfect opportunity to bring out bright and fresh colors for spring. I am loving the combo of aqua and coral this year, and the two used with ivory and maybe a pop of kelly green is a recipe for success, for sure! Q: What element could all homes benefit from? A: To me, draperies and pillows are two design elements that can make a room. Draperies are always the icing on the cake and make any space feel finished and perfect. They can introduce color or simply texture, but done correctly with the right hardware and hung at the right height, they truly make everything else look fabulous. And pillows are like earrings to me. Every sofa or chair looks better with the perfect pillow.

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auren Clement is owner of Lauren Nicole Designs, a fullservice design firm that caters to clients all over Charlotte, including Ballantyne, Waxhaw and Weddington. The daughter of a designer, Clement grew up in the design world, and ironically was in graduate school for clinical psychology when she realized she’d like to follow in her mother’s designing footsteps.

reputation of being a good listener, and transforming a room or home into a space that is not only reflective of the client’s design style, but of their lifestyle. I take into account how a space will be used and select fabrics and pieces that will withstand kids, pets and life in general. You do not have to sacrifice looks to get function and vice versa. And listening to the client’s needs is where it starts. It is not about me, it is all about you!



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Q: Tell me about your business. A: I initially studied clothing and textiles and received my bachelor’s at UNC Greensboro. I decided to go back to school at age 40 for interior design, and received my certification from the Sheffield School of Design in New York. Q: What are you known for?

A: Listening to my clients. I take a lot of time to get to know them, and their wants, needs and the way they like to live. I’m also known for my use of color. As an artist, I understand color, and continue to study the way colors relate to one another and to light. I play with them on my palette and translate what I learn into my interiors. Q: What is your favorite design element for spring? A: A lacquered piece of furniture in a pop of color. It adds freshness to a room whether traditional, transitional or contemporary. Q: What element could all homes benefit from?

A: Great lighting! A great lighting fixture will stand up and say wow in any room. A: Quirkiest or most intriguing client you’ve ever had? A: My husband, seriously. I have done numerous jobs for him, and he gives me freedom to do whatever I want to his offices, within a few limits. Each office is unique. I get to experiment with different products, colors, materials, etc. It’s a little hard when it’s your husband and you keep pushing the limits on selections!

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hen it comes to the state of real estate in the Charlotte area, the so-called regional and national experts are all over the map. Some tout statistics that claim the market is recovering, while others say the numbers hint the market has already topped out and is on its way back down. So, what’s really happening in and around the Queen City, and how can you capitalize on the current market? We asked several housing experts who work with Charlotte home buyers and sellers day in and out to give us a forecast on home sales in the area, and to offer advice on what buyers and sellers should consider before making one of the biggest financial transactions of their lives.


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The Real Truth Allen Tate realtor® Amy Peterson says, “All the indicators I see point toward a healthy 2015. The inventory of new and existing homes is increasing. I’m getting calls daily from buyers who are ready to buy — both those that are new to the area, and local calls from people who finally have the confidence that they can get what they want for their home now and are ready to sell and upgrade.” Judy Green, president and CEO of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, agrees. “It’s bouncing back,” Green says. “We aren’t seeing the numbers in today’s market that we saw in 2006-2007. It will probably be awhile until we see those numbers again, but the market is certainly better than it has been in the past few years.” She adds, “The people who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the economy to stabilize feel more comfortable now and are ready to buy.” Kathy Carver, with RE/MAX, says, “The real estate market is very active right now! In most price ranges, we are in a ‘seller’s market,’ which is great

for sellers trying to get their properties sold in a timely manner … but not so good for buyers who may find that the selection of properties is ‘slim pickings.’ ” Matthew Paul Brown is senior managing broker/sales for Ivester Jackson, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Based in the SouthPark office, Brown sees much to be positive about when it comes to the Charlotte real estate market. “With job growth on the rise, we see activity picking up throughout most of the United States,” Brown says. “Charlotte has always attracted top talent, which stimulates area neighborhoods such as Myers Park, Eastover, Uptown, Ballantyne, and more.” Brown has the numbers to prove that real estate is thriving in the area. “For example, over the last 60 days, we have experienced increases in active listing inventory in Myers Park, Eastover, Weddington,Tega Cay and the Palisades, plus Lake Norman,” he says. “Closed properties have increased in all the areas mentioned, as well. In Myers Park alone, there are 49 current homes on the market and 21 pending to close — and 34 closed over the last six months!”

Sotheby’s Green agrees that Charlotte’s strong economy helps drive the city’s housing market. “Compared to the rest of the country, Charlotte has a steadier real estate market than many areas because of the more solid economy,” Green says. “There are so many businesses headquartered in Charlotte that it has really helped stabilize the market.” But what about the many conflicting reports and proliferation of confusing data? Paul Jamison, broker-owner of Jamison Realty with Keller Williams, advises his clients to review the info, but then keep in mind that each real estate transaction is unique. “Think differently,” Jamison advises. “Step outside the old trends and look at new ones. Data is readily available from many sources, but in housing, that data is not like buying a car. Too many factors exist that algorithms cannot solve. A computer has never stepped into your house, been to your schools, seen your neighbor’s yard, or seen all the work you’ve done. Use the data for what it’s worth, but then weigh your options on trends that are in your own backyard.”

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Today’s Buyers What are today’s buyers looking for in the Charlotte market? Allen Tate’s Peterson says that many factors are involved when it comes to selling your home in 2015. “The buyers I work with are looking for convenience, quality, open floor plans, outdoor living, hardwood floors, great schools and a great location,” Peterson says. “And there is a greater demand for updated, ready-to-move-into houses. It’s condition driven. Many of the homes that are renovated, updated, decluttered and neutralized are seeing multiple offers.” Jamison agrees, saying most buyers are ready to hit the ground running and don’t want to take the time to rehab a home before moving in. He advises sellers do their homework before putting their house on the market. “Done and done — that’s the advice that we are constantly sharing with sellers,” Jamison says. “Get the home ready. Spend the money for carpet and paint, because today’s buyer does not want to pick, choose or make it their

“The people who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the economy to stabilize feel more comfortable now and are ready to buy.” — Judy Green, Sotheby’s International Realty own. They want to step in and unpack.” Green says home buyers are demanding greater amenities, regardless of the size of the home. “People want the smart home with technology built in,” Green says. “And they want more amenities, such as wine cellars and spas and large master baths. They are choosing luxury showers in the master bath instead of tubs.” And despite what you may hear around town, homebuyers aren’t necessarily downsizing. “We thought that people would be cutting back on the size of their homes, but we are finding that, in many cases, it isn’t true,” Green notes. “It was predicted nationwide that people would

be scaling down, but that’s not the case here.” Whatever the condition or size of your house, Green says it’s important to price the property correctly. “Study the market, understand today’s pricing, and price it accordingly,” she says. “There are three things that dictate the sale: location, condition and price. You can’t change the location, but you can work on the condition and change the price. It’s not what you think or what you have invested in your home that will dictate the price; it’s what the market will bear. A qualified realtor® can help you make the appropriate improvements and set the right price.” Carver notes that pricing has increased over the last year, and that many agents are dealing with multiple offers. She cautions buyers to do due diligence before making an offer by referring to a real estate expert for a quick market analysis, because properties must appraise for the sales price in order for the buyer to obtain a mortgage through FHA/VA or conventional financing, and the buyer

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o you have crooked, spaced, or uneven teeth? Would you like to have more confidence in your smile? Read on for infomation on the amazing differences today’s dentistry can make in your life. Whether you’re seeking cosmetic solutions for your smile, wondering how to correct certain dental problems, or simply looking for a new dentist, we can help. Got a question for me? Great! Please send all questions to DrChris@SmileSatisfaction.com, and include your first name and city/town where you live. Either I or one of my professional dental team members will answer every question we receive within 1-2 business days. We look forward to helping you! • Six Month Smiles is a compleletely different process than traditional braces. Six Month Smiles is a simplified orthodontic system for adults who don’t want to spend up to 2 years in conventional metal braces. Using light forces and low-friction tooth movements, we can move teeth quickly, focusing mainly on the teeth that show when you smile. While most cases take 3-9 months, we can achieve gorgeous results for our patients in an average of about 6 months. • Six Month Smiles™ is not the same as Invisalign™.

It’s actually quite different...we offer both in my practice. While Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth, Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets with tooth colored wires. Each system has it’s own advantages,and both are cosmetically appealing during treatment. We help each patient make the best treatment decision for her/him, based on their individual cosmetic goals and the clinical conditions we’re addressing.

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Strength Training Is The Key

trength training is key to health and fitness, providing a balance to aerobic workouts. Besides looking great, regular strength training programs help women stay strong, burn calories and build healthy bones. Studies show that pumping iron several times a week can trim up to 3 inches off your hips and waist. Charlotte’s Dr. Harriet Davis can attest for that — she regularly competes as a bikini body-builder. Want to build muscle mass? Keep the following in mind:

1. Workout three to five times a week. Dr. Davis says, “Go to the gym on a regular schedule. Working out three to five times a week gives your body a chance to recover between workouts, especially when you are trying to build muscle mass.” Muscles need at least 48 hours of rest between training sessions, because they become stronger during rest periods.

2. Train with heavy weights.

3. Pay attention to what you put in your mouth. Dr. Davis says you are what you eat.“Your eating habits play a huge role in shaping your body. Eating a diet of whole foods, rich with high-quality proteins, vegetables and healthy fats, will support a lean physique, and is a vital component for boosting muscle tone.” [TCW]

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“If you want to obtain more definition and look toned, you are going to have to move some serious iron in the weight room,” Dr. Davis says. “Many women avoid strength training out of a fear of developing bulging muscles. Genetically, women are not designed to build muscle mass like men, because we have less testosterone. Don’t be afraid to train with heavy weights; you’re not going to get big and bulky from simply lifting weight. You will get lean, sexy and toned!”


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o women need to be concerned about hair loss, or is it just a problem for their significant others? The answer may surprise you. According to the American Hair Loss Association, women make up 40 percent of Americans who suffer from hair loss. And worse, women are more apt to suffer in silence, ashamed to let even their closest friends know the bald truth. The American Hair Loss Association says that hair loss in women can be absolutely devastating for self image and emotional well-being. In society, it is considered far more acceptable for men to go through the same hair loss process. Alisha Duncan, owner of A Natural Look Hair Replacement Center, has a special understanding of what hair loss means to a woman. The certified cosmetologist started her company 10 years ago to help someone especially close to her — her mother. “My mother had alopecia, and she went to a place that really messed her up,” Duncan says. “It was awful! They

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pring is here, and with it comes balmy weather, blue skies and the perfect reason to go shopping! This season, the most prominent trend is the bohemian influence, mixed with delicate hues and plenty of floral prints. In nearly every store, you will find lightweight fabrics and easy silhouettes, plus plenty of fringe, tassels, kimonos, wood jewelry, flared sleeves and new styles of denim. Take a cue from the freshness of spring and infuse it into your wardrobe by introducing a few bohemian pieces this season.

Left: Solid peach dress, $80; floral fringe kimono cardigan, $146; rose dagger necklace, $70; all at Scout & Molly’s. Gold shark’s tooth necklace, $34; and white beaded gem necklace, $52, both by Betsy Pittard Designs. Dolce Vita taupe peep-toe bootie, $120, Bevello. Eylure eyelashes, $6.99, Ulta. Ring, stylist’s own.

This page: Firebird handkerchief printed top, $182; and snow leopard pencil skirt in navy/ bone, $229; both at Yoana Baraschi. Extreme drop earrings, $25, Shu Boutique. Shoes, stylist’s own.

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This page: Floral kimono maxi dress, $138; charm necklace, $18; stone gold necklace, $28; all at Scout & Molly’s. Denim tote, $134, Canvas, A Boutique. Hard Candy Sheer Envy Illuminating Primer, $6.50, available at Walmart. Gold cinch belt and sandals, stylist’s own.

Right: White crop shirt, $98; distressed denim shorts, $80; and tassel necklace, $60; all at Scout & Molly’s. Orange beaded clutch, $56, Canvas, A Boutique. Wooden beaded bracelet, $31, www.lifekit.us. Wooden bangle, $25, Shu Boutique. Sheer Glow All The Way Face & Body Illuminator, $8, available at Walmart. Bronze floral bracelet and cowboy boots, stylist’s own.

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Firebird handkerchief top, $182,Yoana Baraschi.

Floral fringe kimono cardigan, $146, Scout & Molly’s.

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t usually starts around April. Charlotte is screaming with spring, prompting me to drink fruity cocktails on a sunny patio while flipping through the glossy pages of Better Homes and Gardens. The beautiful pictures are bursting with lush hydrangea bushes, DIY stone walkways and tomato plants standing so very tall. The gardening bug hits, and I know that this will be the year I have the beautiful garden. The magazine-worthy blooms and healthy garden ripe for eating will be mine. I head to the store with my mom (my husband will take no part in this charade anymore). We ooh and ahh over the flats of colorful petunias and begonias. The vegetable and herb section is filled with the promise of

the Fogartie garden. I see little sprouts of hope, pat myself on the back and wait for greatness. And then it happens. Approximately two weeks go by … and I lose interest. The idea of lugging around a heavy watering can makes me instantly tired. The Charlotte heat beams down on me and I can’t continue. Can’t the plants wait one more day? I’ve got to get into the AC — stat. I stop watering for a day. One day turns into three, and my little beauties can’t take it in the relentless North Carolina heat. I spend a few days in a row trying to make up for lost time, but it doesn’t cut it. Another garden season has come and gone, and I’m not eating anything from my backyard except the steaks my husband cooks on the grill. Maybe for me, the “idea” of a garden is enough. I love spending quality

time with my mom each spring talking about my mystical garden and picking out plants together. And I love flipping through the gorgeous home magazines while dreaming that one day those outdoor spaces could be mine. Perhaps I should stick to the farmer’s market, where the professionals have the skills and patience I’m sorely lacking. Honestly, maybe I’m more of an indoor girl, who should stay away from the soil and stick with the weekly manicures. Come to think of it, I’m really OK with that. On the other hand, there’s always next year. [TCW] Wedding and event planner Jackie Andolino Fogartie can successfully pull off a 300-person wedding, but can’t keep a tomato plant alive.

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Todays Charlotte Woman April 2015  

A Charlotte NC area magazine targeted to women.

Todays Charlotte Woman April 2015  

A Charlotte NC area magazine targeted to women.