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market 28 Kitchen & Bath

74 76 80 83

16 From the Editor 94 Arts and Culture Spotlight 96 Advertiser Index

palette 32 Orange Crush


profile 36 Design Board

home remodeling Brad Little 86 Respecting The Shower

trend 24 Tile It On

features 42 56 67 70

Modern Meets Organic Mad About Modern The Living Kitchen Keeping the Charm

Unseen Designed For Play Seeing Is Believing Modern Captures

room service: Beth Keim 88 Layering A Living Room building a better home Mary Ludemann 92 My Favorite Room In The House

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Beautiful home featuring amazing free form salt water pool, spa and multiple outdoor entertaining spaces in the heart of Southpark! Open floorplan, hardwood flooring, 10’ ceilings down, 9’ ceilings up. High end kitchen boasts white cabinets, granite counters, spacious center island, tile backsplash & Bosch and Wolfe SS appliances. Family room offers sliding doors opening to covered porch with outdoor fireplace. Upstairs there is a Master Suite highlighting a lovely master bath with oversized shower, soaking tub & large walk in closet. Additional bedrooms connect to baths & a large bonus room. Becky McGrath, 704.560.1124

1929 Craigmore Drive • Pellyn Wood • $1,725,000

Gorgeous Low Country home on 1 acre with circular drive, beautiful pool & outdoor entertaining space in Charlotte’s best kept secret neighborhood of Pellyn Wood! Features include 10’ ceilings, 3 fireplaces, master down with new bath, new family room, den + formal areas, updated kitchen with marble counters & new appliances, breakfast room opening to screened porch overlooking private fenced back yard. 9’ceilings up with 3 bedrooms, office & bonus room. Additional room & bath over garage. Tuck Team, 704.904.4011

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This attractive ranch is located in desirable neighborhood of Lansdowne. Featuring a formal living & dining rooms, a den with brick fireplace and a kitchen with an abundance of storage, stainless steel appliances and gas cooktop. Gorgeous hardwood flooring. The backyard is a spacious setting with deck & lots of space to entertain. Buster Cox, 704.608.7184

1321 Canterbury Hill Circle • Eastover • $975,000

Prepare to be impressed! This beautiful full brick home resides on a private lot. An open floorplan boasts a large dining room, great room with fireplace and private study with French doors. A lovely kitchen opens to large breakfast area and inviting keeping room. A master bedroom and guest room add to the allure of this floorplan. Catherine Cauthen Turner, 704.578.5551

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Nestled in the heart of Myers Park, this gorgeous, highly detailed craftsman home offers 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and three levels of living. Stone fireplaces in the great room and study. Light, bright open floor plan. Wonderful Chef’s kitchen. Coffered ceilings in great room and study. Guest suite on main level. Phenomenal entertainment/bonus room on third level. Must see! Lisa Spear, 704.907.2416

2015 Dilworth Road W • Dilworth • $1,174,000

Beautiful updated home on one of the best streets in Dilworth! The kitchen is open to den & breakfast room. It features granite, large Wolf gas range, Subzero fridge, gorgeous hood and large island. Hardwoods throughout living areas & bedrooms. Large master bedroom with French doors to porch and wonderful master bath. Barnhardt Team, 704.608.3604

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From the editor

Finding Inspiration


y husband and I tackled a kitchen remodel project in our last house, and I’m pleased to report that we lived to tell about it. We joined the white-kitchenclub through a contracting project that grew from a basic cabinet overhaul to a full-on renovation – installing all new countertops, appliances and fixtures, removing walls, adding a bar area, and completing the look with an island that seats six. Overall, we had a wonderful experience (thanks to a very patient contractor), and the process delightfully reminded me how well we complement each other when making decisions. Honestly, there were some exhausting moments, but I was in my element as the transformation unfolded and all of the design details came to life. However, phase two of our project targeted several bathroom renovations, and we graciously decided to let the next family confront the remaining remodeling phases (somehow moving seemed easier!). As the pages of our kitchen and bath issue were coming together, I couldn’t help but pause at times to reminisce about that past kitchen project. But more so, I gained inspiration for future design endeavors. Our team at Home Design & Decor is honored to showcase designers, homeowners, and experts who don’t shy away from the chance to deliver inspiring design, introduce the latest products and trends, and pass along timeless advice for creating stunning – yet functional – kitchens and baths. Check out the market pages for chic and serene products that inspire, and don’t miss this issue’s trend story on tile where local designers share their latest favorites. Speaking of favorites, Charlotte’s design scene is on display in two upcoming home tours, and we’ve put you on the front row. The mid-century modern flair represented in a collection of featured homes provides a peek into Charlotte’s upcoming Mad About Modern home tour. Additionally, interior designer Tom Holley’s true artistry is captured in an impeccable Dilworth home that brings craftsmanship to the neighborhood and serves as a great reminder to mark our calendars for the 2017 Dilworth Home Tour. Whether you are finding inspiration for a home transformation or just perusing to take in all the trendy and classic products that have hit the market, we are honored you are spending some time with us. Take a break from the humidity, relax, and prepare to be inspired.

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Tile it On

One of the simplest ways to add impact to your kitchen or bath, tile can transform even the most mundane spaces. By Aleigh Acerni Tile has been used to enhance homes for thousands of years—and for good reason. The durable, eco-friendly finish is practical and beautiful. From classic subway tile to rustic terracotta, tile adds interest and texture to kitchens and baths. Trendy or timeless, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by options from material to shape to color. We caught up with three local designers to showcase some of their current favorites. Whether you’re mid-renovation or just looking for a way to enhance a space you use every day, there’s plenty to love about these stylish options.

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips The English Room “Granada Tile is a go-to for budget-friendly tile and an in-stock source. I love the pop of color they offer and am particularly fond of their Fez pattern. It is a bold yet welcome choice in a kitchen or bathroom.” Fez tile, $65.80 per box of 10, “I am obsessed with this glamorous tile and am planning to install it in my own powder room.” Apollo tile in Glam, $54.60 per square foot,

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Laura Casey Laura Casey Interiors

“Tabarka Studio creates beautiful, handmade terracotta tiles. Whether reminiscent of the Paris Metro or the seaside villages of the Mediterranean, there are a limitless array of patterns and color options.” Paris Metro tile, $73.50 per square foot, “Ann Sacks is a great tile line. They offer a variety of patterns and colors, and custom tile work. This fluted tile is an updated take on a traditional subway tile. I’m drawn to tile that’s visually interesting but not trendy. Who wants a bathroom that’s going to be outdated in three years?” Made by Ann Sacks Fluted Field Tile, starting at $67.92,

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Ally Whalen Ally Whalen Design “I love anything cement tile right now! I think it makes a beautiful statement in a small space like a powder room floor, or for a backsplash.” Cannes tile, $82.80 per box, “I also love classic subway tile, but in the larger sizes like 3-by-12 inches, especially the unique tiles with the free form edges—a nice update to the classics! Field tile in Milk Gloss, $9.85 per square foot,

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market | kitchen & bath By Ashley Hotham Cox

Contain Yourself Add warmth and texture to your bath with earthy yet refined accessories like the Arles collection from Pigeon & Poodle, which offers a sophisticated array of bathroom accessories that will enhance your private space. From soap dispensers and dishes to tissue holders and wastebaskets, the polished faux horn bath collection is the perfect touch to keep your bath sanctuary both organized and beautiful. Available at Bedside Manor / $120 - $470 /

Soak It IN At the day’s end, give yourself a little R&R. What better way to do that than to soak in one of internationally renowned interior designer Laura Kirar’s one-piece freestanding bathtubs crafted by KALLISTA using durable craft material. With its gracefully shaped lines and contemporary design, this versatile bath complements a wide range of bathroom styles from modern to traditional and everything in between. Available through Renaissance Tile & Bath / $5,895 /

Dry Spell Known for its casual and affordable luxury bed and bath offerings, New York-based Kassatex masters the art of blending new and old with its Gramercy collection. Crafted in Portugal, this plush bath towel collection elevates classic comfort by marrying absorbent combed cotton with a graceful applique border, giving each towel an elegantly vintage appeal. Available at Bedside Manor / $13 - $40 /

Step Forward Inspired from classic Art Deco style and geometric lines of pre-Columbian pyramids, the Step series from Nest Studio has stepped up its game with its new hardware for the kitchen and bath. Fabricated from solid brass, the minimalist pull series is a play of contrasting sandblasted and hand polished finishes. It’s offered in a small and large pull, handle, and bail pull, and comes in three standard finishes. Available through Nest Studio / $75 - $100 /

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OPTICAL OPULENCE From the floors, to the walls, and even to the ceiling, good design is multidimensional. So make your space one that’s your own by incorporating the unexpected and unconventional that will transform a small powder room into a big stunner. Featuring ANN SACKS Maven tile in Solstice by Kelly Wearstler, the surface becomes anything but ordinary. Rather, this eye-catching and mesmerizing pattern and material adds texture and dimension to an otherwise flat surface. Depth accumulates with the addition of Laura Kirar’s Pinna Paletta console table legs and towel bar from KALLISTA shown in Nero Marquina, which is accompanied by Kirar’s sink faucet with tall spout – really putting the “pow” in powder room. Available through Hughes Kitchen & Bath Collection and ANN SACKS / Price upon request /;

STONE AGE Through modern-day technology and innovation, we no longer live in the stone ages. However, there is a renaissance going on where we’re taking natural materials and reinterpreting them for today’s use. Known for its commitment to creating elements that bring organic beauty, versatility, complexity, and utility of water into the home, Canadian kitchen and bath manufacturer Aquabrass introduces its MARMO collection, the first collection within its high-end designer Black Series line. Sourced from Italian and Spanish quarries, the MARMO collection celebrates marble in its natural state and reimagines it through a contemporary design lens. The collection is offered in two marble finishes, Bianco Carrara and Nero Marquina, a standard polished chrome along with 16 custom plating finishes which range from a sparkling rose gold to “Montreal Black,” its newest plating finish that’s a matte black. Available through Aquabrass / Starting at $795 for polished chrome; $995 for custom plating /


AROMA THERAPY Inspired by the fig tree, renowned Diptyque’s Figuier candle is an intense fragrance that envelopes the senses. With its captivating notes of warm tree bark, freshness of its leaves, and the milky sap of its fruit, the invigorating scent will enchant the nose. Available at Capitol / $64 /

For a small space like a powder room, filling the air with a fragrant scent is essential. With its range of candles, soaps, diffusers, and more, NEST Fragrances, the luxury home and fine fragrance maker, offers a beautiful distraction. There are 20 scents to choose from, including its Moroccan Amber. This exotic perfume encompasses notes of Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope, bergamot and accented with a hint of eucalyptus – giving off a sweet yet masculine aroma that will have your guests taking notice. Available at Cotswold Market Place / liquid soap $22, lotion $24 /


Blades of Glory You don’t have to be a professional chef to know that ordinary kitchen knives just don’t cut it – literally. You also don’t have to be an aficionado in the kitchen to own a superior set of steel. Shun, a Japanese fine cutlery company, knows this best. Its Hikari 7-piece knife block set is as beautiful as it is sharp. Named Hikari after the Japanese word for “illumination,” the masterfully crafted knives in this set are distinguished by their stunning birch PakkaWood handles and “hornet’s nest” pattern. Extraordinarily sharp with a long-lasting edge, the blades have micro serrations that reduce friction for clean, effortless slices that enhance the flavor of the food. The set includes five essential knives, as well as a dual-textured honing steel and solid birch block for eye-catching display and easy access. Available through Williams-Sonoma / $1,199.95 /

Bronze MeDal Gone are the days when kitchen sinks are just utilitarian basins for washing dishes. Known for their superior ingenuity and design, Rocky Mountain Hardware has elevated and redefined the farmhouse sink, which was once often attributed to rustic settings. With its linear silhouette, exquisite material of fine art-grade bronze, and masterful craftsmanship, this stunning fixture is more of a work of art. Available in a number of finishes, all of which patina with variation, this elegant crown jewel takes first prize in the kitchen. Available through Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath / $19,377 /

Tray Chic Presentation is key to making a good first impression. So whether you’re serving up a pork roast or a cheese and charcuterie platter for dinner guests, display your taste for the finer things with an exquisite serving tray. Made of solid acacia wood and adorned with pure emerald handles and 24 karat gold trim, ANNA by RabLabs’ handsome small Bosque tray combines nature’s elements with refinement that will make a lasting mark. Available through Elizabeth Bruns / $480 / 30 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | August / September 2017

Pattern Play For days when you can’t make it out of the kitchen to sit down to eat, set up a casual dining spot on the island or at the breakfast nook to enjoy your meal. And just because you’re scarce on time, you need not skimp out on proper etiquette. For times like these, opt for a less formal linen like the Lulia napkin to adorn your lap. Available as a set of four in an assorted vivid colors and patterns, these beautifully screenprinted napkins pair well with your everyday table setting. Available through Anthropologie / $32 /

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Somewhere on the spectrum between a sweet summer sorbet and the savory spices of fall lies the ever confectionery and sun-kissed Apricot. Written by Christina Spratt Spencer Produced by Ashley Hotham Cox

Frank Sinatra once said, “Orange is the happiest color.” And if that notion holds true, its cousin on the coral side, Apricot, is not lacking in the same sentiments. Taking cues from its namesake and reminiscent of the warmth cast out by the last rays of sunset, this hue is equally as soothing as it is invigorating. In its palest whisper of a shade it offers a cloak of softness to quiet and calm a space. And when used as a more vibrant color note, it accentuates with a certain boldness yet subtle and refined restraint. Apricot brings forth a vivaciousness that wakes up the senses and aesthetics of a room, energizing every other element with lively contrast, making it the perfect ode to summer’s farewell and the coming days of fall. Interior Design by Kelly Wearstler / Photography by Grey Crawford 32 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | August / September 2017

Apricot plays well with other colors and shades: Layer it with neutrals and natural textures Add a dynamic to sleek and polished graphic black-and-white Highlight the coral element with milky coastal sea glass or zesty tropical citrus hues Combine with a palette of pastels Filter in an amplified shade as a pop of color to contrasting sleek city grays

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Candelabra Home “Sun Kissed” Framed Artwork /  Billy Baldwin Large “Martini” Tables / Wesley Hall “Emily” (#665) Chair Shown in C-Brussels Deep Coral /  Wildwood “Cousteau” Set of 3 Boxes in Coral / Lee Industries “9319” Ottoman Shown in Atrium Lemon /

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Hill & Brown “Verram Strie” (HB107-3) in Apricot /  Bailey & Griffin “Puccini” in Spice /  Jane Shelton “Badminton Stripe” in Orange /  Pierre Frey “Balgo” in Coral /  Elizabeth Eakins “LYTTON” in Orange /  Fabricut “Destroyer” in Apricot /  Fabricut “Oleander” Trim in Apricot / August / September 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 33

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Modern Meets Organic Tom Holley designed a Dilworth home that’s got style, artistry, and sophistication – and zero clutter. By Page Leggett Photography by Dustin Peck


Texture is celebrated in this comfortable family room. A chevron ivory cowhide rug forms a beautiful base for modern furnishings like the custom faux shagreen ottoman with sliding table. The grey cut chenille/down loveseat and sofa provide plenty of space for fireside lounging. Barcelona chairs in distressed cigar leather are modern classics. Two ivory mosaic hide stools (under the metal/stacked-Brazilian Peroba wood console) provide extra seating when it’s needed. Acacia root consoles flank the fireplace.

hen Keith and Taya Muncy moved from one Dilworth home to another, they were serious about starting over. They moved just down the street, but everything except for the neighborhood was new. When the couple moved with their two sons from one block of McDonald Avenue to the next, they took just two things with them – a leather chair and an ottoman. Both found a place in the flex space above the detached, three-car garage they built out after moving in. Tom Holley of Crazy Jane’s gave them the fresh start and updated, modern look they wanted. Their new 5,000-square-foot home is a showplace. Literally. It was on the Dilworth Home Tour last year. Its brickand-shingle exterior is in keeping with the historic neighborhood’s vibe, but the facade is unmistakably modern. It harmonizes with its surroundings without pretending to be original to the neighborhood. August / September 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 43

Top Left: A distressed cigar leather Eames-style chair and ottoman take center stage in the office, which has built-ins for storage and display space. The cowhide rug adds warmth The chandelier from Ro Sham Beaux in Charleston, and texture underfoot, while a blue agate-and-chrome console table is a work of art. Souththe Carolina handfound beaded with crystals that Top Right: Here’s a powder room with punch! A petrified wood sink sits atop a custom cedar vanity, while the goat hide rug continues naturalistheme throughout the house. mimic shells from the ocean. breezes Bottom: A custom old gear console grabs attention at the top of the steps. The lamp mimics the shape of the table beneath it. Antique overdyed TurkishSalty rugs ocean prove that old and flow through the airy fixture, which accents the new can play well together. The boys’ playroom on the mezzanine level (in the background) uses stand-out colors – navy walls, red desk chairs and modern orange Ultrasuede custom arched Dutch Door in the grand entry. low sofas – to create a sense of fun.

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Top: Recycled leather barstools are just right for quick, countertop meals in the modern kitchen. Those countertops are white quartz; the shiny backsplash is made of marble hexagon wide tiles in “Winter white” by Emser. The antique overdyed Turkish rug is a favorite of designer Tom Holley’s. Bottom: Who needs a dining room when you have built-in seating for 10? A teal faux shagreen banquette provides plenty of cushy seating. Jonathan Adler pillows add geometry and bold color. The custom metal dining table has an iron banding and base.

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Soft textures abound in this master retreat. Ann Gish bedding is luxurious; so is the custom upholstered headboard with modern nailhead detail. A super-plush custom shag carpet feels yummy on bare feet. Mirrored nightstands are topped with just Selenite quartz lamps. Simple perfection! A Peroba wood bench at the foot of the bed adds a dose of rusticity, while a midcentury-inspired grey pique cotton chair provides cozy seating. When they’re shut, top-down natural reed shades make the room feel cocoon-like.

The Muncys worked with Ram Construction to build a home that lives the way they do. One of the most interesting features, Holley says, is that the home doesn’t have a dining room. Most people say they never use that room, anyway, so the Muncys got rid of it altogether. Instead, they have a banquette upholstered in vibrant teal that’s located just off the monochromatic kitchen, which comfortably seats ten people. Out with formality, in with functionality. The couple worked easily with Holley. “They made every furniture, accessory, and fabric choice with me, and the house is so them,” Holley says. They had just one edict: They did not want clutter. They wanted modern, clean lines, and nothing

frou-frou to detract from the home’s good design and some furniture pieces Holley calls “works of art themselves.” “Notice the long console table in the foyer,” he says. “It only has a painting above it. There’s nothing on the table itself. You don’t need anything else when your furniture makes that much of a statement.” The overall effect of such an orderly space is tranquility-inducing. Holley says the Muncys were ideal clients. “We’re on the same page,” he says. He, too, is a fan of modern, clean lines. But that doesn’t mean everything in the home is straight and angular. There are plenty of curvilinear forms here, too. Holley likes to mix modern and organic, so there are some undulating curves mixed with the right angles. A piece like the

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Top Right: The supersized shower, big enough for two, overlooks a bathroom TV – the kind of luxury usually reserved for boutique hotels. A heated rack means towels are always toasty. Bottom Right: Floating shelves are made of chestnut. The cabinetry – there’s ample storage space here – is Italian walnut.

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Modern meets traditional at this new home in an old neighborhood. Brick and shingles are in keeping with the Dilworth vibe. But everything else about the exterior is marvelously modern.

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A turquoise microfiber velvet sectional sofa makes a soft spot to relax in front of the TV – with or without a cocktail. The cigar distressed leather ottoman was custom-made for the basement lounge area. A seagrass rug ties it all together.

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A stunning spiral staircase leads from the basement family room and bar to the first-floor outdoor area.

showstopping console table in the foyer is full of movement. Its resin material and shine are upto-the-minute contemporary, but its shape is like something you’d expect in a mountain cabin. “It’s meant to mimic roots coming out of the ground,” Holley explains. There’s another one-of-a-kind console upstairs. It’s made from a reclaimed gear. There’s the sense of movement again. The lamp on the glass top table mimics the shape. Holley is big on texture – rich velvets, animal hide rugs, seagrass, reclaimed wood, buttery leathers. “The Barcelona chairs are made of cigar leather, so they have that old, crackled look,” he says. “Same with the Eames chair in the office.” Holley also likes bringing the best of nature indoors. Stone, petrified wood, and agate are just a few of the materials used in the furnishings he found for the Muncy home. August / September 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 51

Pull up a stool, and grab a drink. Natural materials meet modern lines in the basement bar where reclaimed wood-and-metal barstools line up in front of a reclaimed wood bar. The lighting (Edison bulbs!) manages to be both old-fashioned and up-to-the-minute.

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When these folding doors are open, one space (indoors) can flow freely into the next (outdoors). Woven synthetic furniture is easy to clean. A concrete coffee table on metal wheels is artistic … and virtually indestructible.

Yet an antique is not out of place in this otherwise thoroughly modern home. Antique overdyed Turkish rugs are among the distinctive floor coverings Holley helped choose. The house has multiple levels and a few surprises in a home that looks straightforward. For instance, half a flight of steps up from the main level on a mezzanine level is the boys’ play room. The Muncys didn’t abandon their modern aesthetic there. Even the blue-and-orange play room has clean lines and a sense of structure. There’s also a spiral staircase that leads from the basement family room and bar to a first-floor outdoor area – just one of the al fresco spaces the family gets to enjoy. The Muncy home proves that you don’t have to go far to make a big change. And you don’t need a bunch of extraneous stuff when your furniture speaks for itself.u

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uilt in America from 1933 to 1965, mid-century modern homes were based on the simple, accessible layouts developed by architects in Scandinavia and continental Europe. Fifty years later the functionality, ease, and modern simplicity of mid-century design are sought after in Charlotte, which has the third largest concentration of mid-century modern homes in America. Charlotte experienced much of its population growth during the period when modern architecture was becoming mainstream. John Kincheloe, architect leader of LS3P Envision Studio and past president of the Historic Charlotte Board, explains that as the city grows, it is attracting a young, diverse population with an interest in modern design. “There is a renewed appreciation for the unique design qualities of mid-century modern homes, which have found a new audience of people who value and appreciate good design and look for that in all areas of their lives, including their homes,” he says. The Charlotte Museum of History is working to preserve this important part of the city’s history and keep interest in mid-century modernism alive through its Mad About Modern Home Tour, now in its sixth year. This one-day self-guided tour takes you inside some of the city’s best examples of mid-century modern style and architecture. This year’s tour, held Saturday, September 9, from 10 am to 4 pm, will feature seven homes. To prepare you for Mad About Modern, we’re providing a snapshot of three of the amazing homes on the tour.

From lectures to receptions, The Charlotte Museum of History is feeding your passion for mid-century modern to help you get the most from this year’s Mad About Modern Tour.

Modernism: Why it Matters. Enjoy this free discussion with keynote speaker Peter Wong of UNC Charlotte and mid-century modern design experts. Held Wednesday, August 30 at the Charlotte Museum of History. Register online at by August 26.

VIP Mod Reception: Enjoy drinks and hor d’oeuvres while mingling with current and past homeowners from the tour and other mid-century modern enthusiasts on Thursday, September 7 at 6pm at Hans Krug in the Village at SouthPark. Tickets are $25 ($20 for Museum members) or can be added with your home tour ticket for $40 / $30. Purchase online at by September 4.

Mad About Modern Tour: Explore seven historical homes on this year’s tour on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am to 4 pm. The self-guided tour takes you inside some of the Queen City’s best examples of mid-century modern style and architecture. Tickets are $25 in advance ($20 for Museum members) and $30 the day of the tour. Purchase online at

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The Natural Light House 6827 Folger Drive

With its trellis entryway, custom brick detail, and planters framing the front, this home caught Tammy and Alan Baker’s eye when they relocated to Charlotte four years ago. Once inside, they saw past its current condition, which was that it had been rented for years, and fell in love with the natural light from the wall of glass windows and oversized sliding doors that open to a full-length deck. Then there is the large, open living area with its massive fireplace and concrete geometric block façade, which was painted in a bright red glaze when they first saw the home. “We repainted it and put in a gas line with cut glass instead of logs,” Tammy says. The house also has some Frank Lloyd Wright characteristics, including the cantilever of the deck and the deck’s roofline with no supporting columns.

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The couple renovated areas of the home to complement its modernist exterior. They installed white oak wood floors throughout the living and kitchen area and turned a vintage dresser from the ‘60s into a vanity in the hall bath renovation. Furniture from Mid Century Salvage and estate sales completes the look. The home still has its original vinyl terrazzo floor and exterior can downlights on the eaves of the roof. “Everyone knows our house,” Tammy says. “It glows red at night!”

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“Adulthood can make you too serious,” Jonathan Adler says in his book, My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living. If that’s true, Emily and Hunt Allen found their antidote in this sleek, California-style ranch. The Hunts purchased the home from its original owner, Charlotte architect Gene Warren, who designed and built the home in 1963. While they enlarged and remodeled the kitchen and refreshed the interior, which they described as very traditional, the new owners were careful to preserve the home’s mid-century modern character. Two examples are the original white enamel Malm freestanding fireplace, a focal point in the home’s main living area, and the tubular skylights throughout the home that bring in natural light by day and moonbeams by night.

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“We loved the high ceilings and the exposed wooden beams,” Emily says, who made all the design updates herself, purchasing kitchen cabinets at IKEA and collecting treasures that met the mid-century aesthetic at flea markets and consignment stores. “But the surprise of this house is that it’s a lot larger and more open on the inside than it appears from the outside. The owner added on a playroom and master suite in the ‘70s, so the house offers more than meets the eye.

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The James Bond House 3517 Johnny Cake Lane

Leslie and Alan Sykes prefer homes with a lot of history that are untouched, with all or most of the original elements present. In search of a larger home for their growing family, they were thrilled when the Andrew Hearn house came on the market. Andrew Hearn was the designer, contractor, and original owner of their unique home, which was built in 1964. Inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Hearn incorporated many unique elements in the home, from its entrance bridge straddling a small koi pond to the round kitchen and floating staircase. The Sykes fell in love the moment they saw the home and bought it in August of last year. They have been carefully rehabilitating the home since, repairing water damage and making necessary electrical and plumbing updates. Except for the master bathroom, which had to be renovated due to damage, all bathrooms in the home are original. The basement bathroom has its original 1960s James Bond wallpaper with images from three Bond films released in the mid-60s,

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which is still in remarkable condition. “Our goal is to keep the mid-century feel of the house intact in all our renovations,” Leslie says. “We don’t want to strip away what made the house unique in the 1960s.” One of Leslie’s favorite updates was actually a retro-renovation. She removed the 1990s-era ovens and replaced them with a pair of 1960s electric Chambers ovens, which were the Vikings of their day. She was able to track down a matching pair of working electric Chambers ovens from the 1960s – a true miracle since the company made mostly gas ranges and not electrical.

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The new space added to the former breakfast area now has cozy seating in a loveseat and club chair, and the comfort of a living room that allows people to linger.

The 8-foot bar with an extended overhang created a casual eating space, taking the place of a rarely used breakfast table.

The Living Kitchen Taking the strictly functional kitchen to strictly fun.


By Anne Marie Ashley Photography by John Bessler

fter being repeatedly asked to design kitchens that were not only functional but that also included elements of the most livable areas of the home, designer Heather Garrett figured it was time to devote some energy to a new solution. She has partnered with CKS Millwork to create a single source for interior design and custom cabinetry, ideal for clients looking to blur the line

between kitchen and living room. The result: The Living Kitchen by Heather Garrett. “The Living Kitchen project is really ideal for families that are looking to remodel their kitchens all together, streamlining them with the living space,” Garrett suggests. Her clients Lynn and Logan Toms offer the perfect example of the trending concept. “The kitchen was a U-shape with a bar that opened up to the breakfast area,” Garrett recalls. “The problem was no one August / September 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 67

A smooth transition and wide-open view between the living room and kitchen blurs the line between a strictly functional space and a truly livable space.

ever sat in the breakfast area – they sat at the bar, which isn’t relaxing. So, it just didn’t make sense for them.” Garrett started by gutting the kitchen and adjusting the ceiling heights to seamlessly merge the two areas. She exchanged the breakfast table for a sofa and club chair and added a wooden coffee table. She also recessed a television flanked by sconces because, as she puts it, “let’s be real about the TV; that’s going to happen with the children hanging out in the kitchen.” CKS Millwork created a 5-foot by 8-foot island made of dark walnut reclaimed wood and created a lengthened overhang so people could sit at the bar. “This flowed naturally with the new morning room, allowing family to eat at the bar and retire to the couch,” Garrett explains.

After six months of renovation, Garrett and the Toms had completely torn out the kitchen and replaced all of the cabinets and all of the appliances. They added molding to keep a balance between modern and traditional, installed a wine fridge into the wet bar, and went up and out with tile covering the walls. The result was a practical and livable space that functioned as a true living kitchen. “This kind of space is considered a trend, but it’s a trend that’s becoming a standard. It’s got longevity,” Garrett says. “At the end of the day, I know it has longevity when the Toms’ daughter told me that they live in that space day and night,” Garrett says. “That’s the whole point – it’s serving its purpose.”u

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The custom hood, designed by Anne Wagoner, features antique brass rivets and a subtle sloped profile. Backsplash is white ceramic subway tile in crackle glazed finish and range is by Wolf.

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hen a young family of five decided to expand and update their existing home’s kitchen, they need look no further than interior designer Anne Wagoner. Wagoner, who established Anne Wagoner Interiors in 2010, has a talent for creating timeless interiors that reflect her clients’

varying lifestyles. “I was first exposed to the industry through my grandmother’s antique shop, where I spent many summers, as well as buying trips abroad,” Wagoner says. “My grandmother deserves credit for fostering my passion and serving as a wonderful role model.” Wagoner is known for addressing the bones of each space she designs, saying she feels “the most essential element to any design is a classic foundation”. Her latest project does just that. 

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When the couple came to the realization that they had outgrown their kitchen, they put necessity into action and assembled a team to update the hub of their home. “Before the renovation, the house was close to perfect – gorgeous moldings, original character, hardwood floors, a perfect location, and the list goes on. But the homeowners were limited by a small kitchen that prevented them from interacting with family and friends on a daily basis. The homeowner wanted to increase counter space where her children could do their homework or make Christmas cookies while she cooked. She wanted to create a gathering space that was lacking in the original house. The kitchen renovation was the final step in making this family’s house the perfect home,” Wagoner says. The home was originally built in 1939 by the first homeowner himself – the current homeowners are just the third family to live there. Factoring in the new kitchen space, the home now totals around 4,000 square feet.

The challenge with this renovation lay within the duality of accommodating a modern lifestyle while at the same time, maintaining the original character of a traditional home. An open-concept floor plan, which combines the kitchen and adjacent living area into a single space, was not an option for this house. “A home built in the ‘30s would not have had an open-concept floor plan. We wanted to increase living space for the homeowners but consciously defined each room with cased openings to preserve the integrity of a traditional floor plan,” Wagoner says. While Wagoner conceptualized the overall design for the project, builder Sam Barrow of Barrow Building Co was an integral part of both the vision and execution of the renovation. A dated screened porch was transformed into an updated and now-enclosed extension of the remodeled kitchen. New custom cabinetry, appliances, and hardwood floors were installed. “The goal was to seamlessly blend the new space with the old as if it

Classic Brass hardware in an antique brass finish accent the custom grey, inset cabinetry throughout the kitchen. The sprawling custom island is perfect for prepping, casual dining and entertaining.

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had always been a part of the home, but to create functionality for a busy family of five,” Barrow says. Wagoner says she encouraged the homeowners to go with a European style for the kitchen, adding touches like a La Cornue-inspired range hood that was custom-built by blacksmith Lucas House of IronHouse Forge. Subway tile was installed on the entirety of the range wall instead of a standard backsplash. All millwork, including cased openings, crown molding, and baseboards were painted a soft grey to add character and attention to detail. The final result is an updated space that maintains the charm and character of the original home. Wagoner says she couldn’t be happier with the finished product. “My goal is always the same – create a space classic enough to stand the test of time yet innovative enough to be thoughtprovoking.”u

Wagoner designed the bar in close proximity to the family and dining rooms for optimal entertaining purposes. Antique brass wire mesh replaces the glass in the upper cabinets which are separated by the classic antiqued mirror backsplash.

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Unseen Marcy Gregg’s latest exhibition invites you to find inspiration in her hidden art, and in her extraordinary journey. By Sandra Scott

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t was only eight months ago that Anne Neilson Fine Art gallery was nestled in a quiet corner of SouthEnd among private artist studios and an antique shop. Just shy of their three-year anniversary, the gallery relocated and now operates out of a 5,200 square-foot space in the bustling shops at Morrison situated in the heart of SouthPark. Anne Neilson, owner and artist, opened the gallery with a mission to give back through art. She continues to commit a portion of all art sales to various local charities and organizations including The Harvest Center and Samaritan’s Feet. The gallery’s roster of more than 40 diverse artists worldwide continues to be influential in the art and design community, landing in private and corporate collections around the world. Anne Neilson Fine Art gallery’s upcoming August exhibition will highlight one of their most recognizable artists and Charlotte local Marcy Gregg. Gregg’s compelling abstracts, simultaneously described as ethereal and modern, embody the divine grace bestowed upon her life over 20 years ago. At the age of 30, Gregg fell into a coma after a “Course Determined” 48x48 Oil on Canvas serious complication arose during the birth of her third child. The severity of the incident left doctors piece will forever be unseen, the process and result will remain, concerned she would never recover and prepared her challenging its viewers to dig deep, discovering meaning and family for the worst. Miraculously, Gregg woke up several days life within. later. However, having lost much of her memory, she believed “I am motivated by color and texture. It is what inspires me,” herself to be just 17 years old. Gregg explains. “It is my goal in each painting to leave something As she embarked on the daunting task of rebuilding her to the imagination — lines lost or an unexpected perspective identity, Gregg began to put the details of her life back together found. I want my viewer intrigued.”u with help from family and friends, and even started her own corporate consulting business. However, she could not shake Anne Neilson Fine Art invites you to participate in the show by searching the desire to create and the urge to paint was rooted deep inside. for the Unseen, the deeper meaning behind the canvas of your life. Gregg had majored in studio art in college, but the loss of her The exhibit opens August 24 and runs through September 28. Visit memory kept her from unlocking her talent. With a second for more information. Anne Neilson Fine Art is located at 532 Governor Morrison Street, Suite C-110. chance at life, Gregg was eager to make the most of it. She sold her successful business in 2006 and returned to her true passion – art. “I experience great joy when I stand in front of a canvas,” Gregg says. “In my miraculous healing, God gave me a second chance; and each day that I paint I have a second chance to pursue my love of art.”  Today, 11 years after committing her life to painting, Gregg’s work can be found in galleries and private collections across the nation. “Unseen,” her second solo show with Anne Neilson Fine Art, is a collection of work that exposes her intimate process; a process that began several years ago and continues to influence her work today. The beginning of each piece is covered top to bottom with Scripture. Even as layer after layer is applied, it remains the heart of the painting and serves as inspiration for the piece’s title when complete. While the foundation for the August / September 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 75


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ome of Eric Collins’ fondest childhood memories center on his family’s in-ground pool, a communal venture his family took on with their next-door neighbors and life-long friends. “Together, they made the investment to create a place where we could all gather and have fun and live life. We had a generation of love and joy experienced poolside.” When Collins took a job as the voice of the Charlotte Hornets, his family faced a necessary relocation to Charlotte from Chicago, where they’d just purchased their dream home. Collins’ wife, Keri Bartholomew, was hesitant and insisted she and their elementaryaged kids stay in their home while Collins lived remotely. “I was adamant we could make this unconventional home-life work…at first,” Keri says. “Less than two months in, I caved, but I did resort to one element of bribery, convincing Eric to pull the trigger on his lifelong desire to build our own dream pool.” He enthusiastically agreed. Keri and the kids joined him in Charlotte, and they purchased a beautiful home in Barclay Downs. The two accepted several bids from contractors, but their desire for a small, boutique-style builder made Pool By Design an easy sell. “We first met with Tommy who truly listened to our story, taking into account what we wanted from a pool and what it would mean for our family. He and Simon Spiers worked tirelessly during the entire process to make sure we were completely satisfied with the final product.” What they wanted was a no-frills, contemporary take on the traditional in-ground pool designed for play. “There was no back and forth on the shape — the classic rectangular design best fit our needs. The idea was to take the traditional and ‘Taj Mahal’ it, making it a natural extension of our outdoor living space.” The overall design goal was to create continuity, making the pool addition and outdoor renovation a seamless extension of the existing home aesthetic. The pitch of the backyard required them build a stacked stone retaining wall to functionally support the pool while also aesthetically dividing it from the outdoor living space. A planting area on top of the wall, where Keri keeps white rose bushes, pulls the two areas together while also creating a natural privacy screen. The pool design is simple and straightforward with a sprayed gray lining, which gives the water a darker appearance that changes with the direction of the sunlight, as well as a tanning ledge that is a favorite hang-out spot for soaking up the sun or letting the little ones play in shallow water. The house’s white brick with gray trim is mimicked in the earthen-hued tiles that give the feel of an organic, natural beach, and an expanse of green lawn was preserved for the children. An alcove eating area and an old-European, Tuscany-inspired aesthetic created with bluestone rounded out the outdoor living space. Now, the family spends most of their time in their new outdoor space, either swimming or enjoying meals al fresco. “I enjoy trimming my trees and bushes, and Eric loves taking care of the pool,” Keri

says. “It’s been a terrific investment – not just in our quality of life, but in our family as well.” “Putting in a pool was the best way to honor my mother’s memory and the investment my parents made during my own childhood,” Collins says. “Some of the best moments of my life — the ones that made me who I am — happened in and around that pool, and I want those same experiences for my family now.” u Want to recreate your own treasured childhood pool experience? Contact Pool by Design at 704-3DESIGN (704-333-7446) or visit

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or 32 years, Diana Weimer has been helping customers create gorgeous coverings for their windows. What started as an in-home custom drapery business as a means to stay at home with her children, has turned into a family owned and operated business and a showroom exclusively offering Hunter Douglas window coverings. Today, Diana’s Blinds and Designs is still helping customers create beautiful window coverings, but now form meets function with Hunter Douglas. “When drapery clients began asking me what shades or

blinds I suggested to compliment their window treatments, I always recommended Hunter Douglas,” Weimer recalls. “They were just the best quality and selection I could find.” She began selling Hunter Douglas blinds, shades, and shutters through her drapery business, and after opening her own shop on Main Street in Fort Mill, the focus on Hunter Douglas hard coverings took the lead and the rest, as they say, is history. “We moved our shop to our current location 16 years ago and became an exclusive dealer of Hunter Douglas window coverings,” Weimer explains. “After being nominated and approved to be a Hunter Douglas gallery, we built this showroom so customers could see all the options we can offer them.” Weimer and her daughter Heather Tollison meet with clients in their gallery to educate them on all the offerings Hunter Douglas has, allowing them to see and use all the coverings in the product line. “There really is no substitute for coming into a gallery and seeing and touching the window coverings you’ll be purchasing,” Tollison advises. “Blinds may seem straightforward,” Weimer suggests, “but I don’t think people realize just how many different options there are. Coming to the gallery can really be an eye-opener for our clients, and often they choose coverings that they never knew they wanted, but are a perfect fit for their needs.” With more than 25

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different categories of shades, blinds, and shutters, hundreds of fabrics and designs, and many different lifting systems, the selection really is endless. “The numerous options keep my job very interesting, and we have over 100 displays that help show you exactly what you’re getting,” Weimer says. “They [Hunter Douglas] are always coming out with something new and innovative.” As an example, they just came out with Sonnette — a new type of roller shade. After a quick winnowing process of which covering will work for your home, whatever blinds or shades you choose come with a Right Choice Guarantee. Clients can have the blinds installed, live with them for 21 days, and if they aren’t satisfied, they can exchange them for a different Hunter Douglas product and pay only for installation (or cost difference, if a more expensive style is chosen). What’s more, Diana’s Blinds and Designs can repair Hunter Douglas blinds or replace parts. Every product comes with a limited lifetime guarantee. From order to install takes

typically 2-3 weeks, and since they don’t subcontract out their installers, they stand by their installation and will make sure it’s done right — from measuring to completed installation. “It doesn’t matter if you just need privacy in your bathroom or a screen shade for your back porch, the Hunter Douglas products we offer are the very best quality,” Weimer says. “These are treatments you’ll be living with for a very long time, so why not come see and believe in the value you’re getting.”u

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ndre Both instantly fell in love with Charlotte when she moved here with her husband and three girls in 2012. She found a community that had a shared value in experiences and enjoyed creating a life well lived. The joy she found in watching her daughters grow and change in the new environment pushed Both to find a photographer who could capture their everyday moments together. However, Both and her husband faced challenges aligning busy photographer schedules with their own busy lives. Alternatively, the mass-producing photo companies felt like a compromise in the quality they wanted. Neither of these options provided an enjoyable and relaxed experience for them. “I knew we weren’t the only family struggling with this dilemma,” Both says. So, she set out to redefine the approachable, luxury photography experience, and opened her own studio – Little Nest. “I dreamed of a space that felt like home. Natural light pouring in and all the comforts of home – a coffee bar, self serve snacks for kids, and a play area with a reading nook. Our goal is for you to feel at home here.” With endless inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest, it’s easy to feel buried under the pressure for a flawless photo shoot. Add to that the backlog of trapped images lying dormant in your smart phone instead of on your walls where they belong, Both has the perfect opportunity for her customers with the Heirloom

Membership program. “I felt like families want to document the large milestones, but also have quality images of everyday moments. It seemed like a perfect program for our customers,” she explains. Customers can pay for a full year up front, or month to month, depending on what works for their families. With that membership, they’re invited to come to the studio as often as they’d like throughout the year to photograph everything from back-toschool season to everyday moments like losing a first tooth or documenting a favorite stuffed animal. For something more styled, customers can pop into the studio for sessions in front of handcrafted thematic backdrops – think showcasing a holiday outfit or staging a whimsical dress-up session for ballerinas and superheroes. “We never want to see your images just sit on your desktop,” Both says. “It’s our passion to get those onto walls and in your hands.” By incorporating your own personal style, Little Nest can help you discover the best way to capture your memories. Their newest offering, StoryGram, films brief snippets from sessions throughout the year, creating a threeminute compilation video for a truly unique keepsake.u Want to start capturing your family’s precious moments? Call Little Nest Portraits for more information at 704-847-4444 or visit their website at

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Contributing Editor H ome remodeling

B rad L ittle


Respecting the Shower


ne of the things I love about the residential remodeling business is that every home and every client is unique. This means that with each new project, we accept new challenges that help us evolve – we are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our clients. In the history of our business, and residential design in general, nothing has evolved nearly as much as our love for custom showers. Often, as we discuss the remodel of a master bathroom, we hear a common phrase over and over, which is, “we almost never use our tub.” Ironically, it’s the unused tub that takes up the most usable space in a bathroom. Sometime in the 1980s, it became fashionable to have a large drop-in tub, frame an even larger deck to support it, and then design the rest of the bathroom around it with whatever space was leftover. The shower was often cinched in the process, creating a space that got smaller and smaller, eventually feeling more like a phone booth. Otherwise, if there

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was space for a larger shower, it became a dark cavernous space surrounded by walls covered in tile. Neither option seems acceptable. Today, we design and remodel bathrooms in a way that gives due respect to the shower. After all, it’s the one room in your home that you’ll use nearly every day. It needs to be comfortable and inviting instead of cramped and dark. There are many great products and design ideas in the marketplace that you can incorporate to customize your modern-day shower. Here are some suggestions to help you decide: Recessed Storage Niches Tucked into the wall, these keep the soap and hair products out of the way and your shower looking neat. Frameless Glass This surround creates a crisp and clean enclosure that looks great and is easy to maintain.

Multiple Shower Functions You could plumb your shower to feel like a car wash with a whole suite of sprayers, but at a minimum a separate hand-held showerhead is handy when cleaning, sitting, or shaving your legs. If you plan to use it as a second showerhead, it can be installed on an adjustable slide bar. If you’ll use it in your hand, a simple bracket works just as well. Thermostatic Shower Controls If finding the perfect temperature for the water each time feels like a hassle, consider a thermostatic shower system. A thermostatic system has one valve that only controls the temperature, so you can find the perfect temperature and lock it in. Each showerhead has a separate volume control allowing you to customize your shower experience as needed. Bench Seating or Foot Props This feature will “give you a leg up” in your shower design and benches are great for those that have trouble standing or just want to relax. A bench seat is highly recommended for universal design. Steam Generator This creates the ultimate “in-home-spa” experience, especially when combined with bench seating. Curb-Free Base Essential for a barrier-free or walk-in shower design, this is another great feature for those who plan to age in their forever home. u

Brad Little is the President of Case Design/Remodeling of Charlotte and has been leading a team of award winning designers and craftsmen since 2005. To view more of their projects and schedule a free consultation visit or call 704-759-3920.

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Contributing Editor R oom S ervice

B eth

K eim


Layering a Living Room


here is something special about an old house, with its plaster walls, high ceilings, and original windows. They’re built to last and obviously they have, making it through layer upon layer of décor and personalization. I have an older home with character, and instead of tearing out the quirks and character, I’ve embraced them and it has made the home that much more interesting. It was a treat to work on this previously formal living area, giving it new life with updated furniture and colors. What was once a dark and dated space is now fresh and bright – and it was all in the details. We fell in love with the original tall pocket doors, large moldings, and old coal fireplace. We also chose to keep the bookcases, but added doors to the bottom to give it a cleaner look. Starting with a new color palette of white and grey with a pop of green, we chose modern furniture to contrast with the traditional architecture of the space. The key is layering the details and mixing the old with new. Casual furniture combined with a modern fixture, large art as a focal point, and well-placed bookcase accessories (all in like colors) help a rather small room look bigger and less formal. Some quick tips to adding personality to a room: try layering rugs for added texture; splurge on one large piece of art as opposed to several smaller ones; mis-match your side tables using different woods and metals; add a contrast color, or in this case, an

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Design by Maggie Crandall for Lucy and Company. Photos courtesy of MeKenzie Loli.

You can give any space new life with just a few tweaks, like freshening up the trim and wall colors, creating a neutral but sharp palette, and building a good mix of old and new furnishings all in similar colors.

amazing inlayed wood wallpaper in a chevron pattern on the back of the built in cabinets. It’s all about attention to detail. You can give any space new life with just a few tweaks, like freshening up the trim and wall colors, creating a neutral but sharp palette, and building a good mix of old and new furnishings all in similar colors. Splurging on one or two special pieces, while brightening a tired space with a new design, may just be the difference between staying in that older gem of a home and moving to the new one that’s tempting you.u

Beth Keim is the owner of Lucy and Company, a full-service interior design firm located at 1009 East Boulevard. For more information visit or call 704-342-6655.

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Contributing Editor B uilding a B etter H ome

m a r y L udeman N


My Favorite Room in the House


hile designing their homes, clients will often ask me which room in a home is my favorite. Being both a general contractor and a designer, I’m lucky to get to create many lovely homes with plenty of good-looking, high-functioning rooms. I’m wild about a hardworking mudroom, sumptuous master bath, and intimate study. Still, my favorite room of all is easily the kitchen. It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and for our family and many of our clients, it is certainly that. A beautiful and inviting kitchen just makes a soul happy. And a well-thought-out and organized kitchen is the icing on the cake. Whether a tiny farmhouse kitchen or a colossal gourmet kitchen, planning this space out well and using an inviting mix of materials is uber important – but it can sometimes be a daunting task. Designing kitchens is my specialty; I love to create function-specific spaces like coffee and drink stations, baking and cooking prep areas, and dish and glassware storage that is both accessible to setting the table and unloading the dishwasher. A well-designed kitchen is practically effortless to keep organized and makes food prep so much quicker and much more enjoyable. Most importantly, it makes busy moms’ and dads’ lives that much easier. Function and practicality are seriously important, but it’s only half the equation of a topdrawer kitchen. The other half is artistry. The combination of handcrafted cabinetry, smooth stone countertops, polished fittings, and foot-worn floorboards is an intoxicating mix. Add some hand-glazed tilework and some copper cookware, and for me, it’s almost an ethereal experience. All this organically-designed goodness is more than enough to make a designer happy. But for me, the real joy of a beautiful kitchen is the life that unfolds in this particular room. It’s tiptoeing into an early morning kitchen to grab your first cup of coffee before anyone else is awake. It’s pouring a much-needed glass of your favorite wine to wind down

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at the end of day as you start to make dinner. It’s your kids doing their homework and making crafts around the kitchen table. It’s making dozens of holiday cookies on your kitchen island for your annual cookie exchange and then standing around that same island (even though your entire home is decorated and ready for company) with the girls laughing and catching up and eating those cookies! It’s wrapping presents and birthday dinners. It’s cleaning scraped knees and wiping away tears and lemonade spills and bathing your babies in that big farmhouse sink. For so many reasons, people are just drawn to this special room. And making it both lovely and high functioning is as good as it gets. I know my kitchen puts a smile on my face every morning (except maybe when there’s dishes in the sink) and I hope yours does, too. If not, give us a call and we’ll design and build the kitchen of your dreams, too.u

Mary Ludemann is the founder of New Old and has been designing and building homes for over 12 years. To discuss your next dream build or renovation project, contact New Old at 704-975-5196. For more information, visit or email them at

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arts and culture


7th Annual Studio Artists’ Exhibition and Sale

Potter Market Invitational 2017 Mint Museum Randolph September 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery August 2 – 26

Each year, during the month of August, Charlotte Fine Art Gallery offers the space to their studio-artists. Original works of art in acrylic, oil, and watercolor are available for purchase. 

The 2017 Potter Market Invitational will feature more than 50 North Carolina potters, pottery demonstrations, food, live music, and more. The Delhom Service League presents this event and helps promote ceramic arts and education. This year’s Potter’s Market will be the 12th anniversary. Visit them online or call 704-337-2000 for more information.

Mad About Modern Home Tour

Brian T. Leahy: Easy Color Anne Austin Pearce: Never Ending Things

September 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. See page 51 for details.

45th Annual Dilworth Home Tour

September 15, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. September 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. See page 48 for details.

Southern Ideal Home Show

September 8 – 10 The Park Expo and Conference Center

New Gallery of Modern Art Through September 2

Festival in the Park Freedom Park September 22 - 24

For more than 52 years, this Charlotte tradition has been seen as the last push of summer and a celebration of the fall to come. Local artisans, bands, and crafts of all sorts are presented in a fun outdoors fair-like atmosphere. Festival in the Park features 180 artists and craft exhibitors and nearly 1,000 entertainers.

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Unseen: Marcy Gregg Anne Neilson Fine Art August 24 – September 28

Lee Hall (1934-2017): A Memorial Exhibition Jerald Melberg Gallery July 22 - September 9





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