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60 FINE ART

A Myers Park homeowner enlists designer Mary Tobias Miller to renovate her home, and her extensive art collection is the driving force behind the design.

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Designer Amy Vermillion works with longtime clients to give their Myers Park home a Southern California aesthetic.

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Architect Lindsay McCullough and designer Barrie Benson team up to renovate McCullough’s 1939 traditional Eastover home.

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SPOTLIGHT Artist Ted Lee pushes beyond the hard and the ugly to create unique paintings and drawings largely inspired by his travels.

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CULTURE Looking for an artistic escape? We scoured the Queen City culture scene to find this season’s must-see exhibitions.

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MARKET From painting to furniture-making, you’ll want to see these select pieces from true artisans who are bringing their craft to the masses. PALETTE Packing a powerful punch, the avant-garde and unconventional hue of chartreuse is a most confident and lively color choice. DESIGN BOARD Designer Becky Boyle believes a home should reflect who you are and what you love. She shares with us her approach and her aesthetic.

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DESIGNED TO TRAVEL From Washington, D.C., to Columbia, South Carolina, we highlight five charming Southern cities noted for their interior design and architectural details.

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Architect Frank Smith’s travels around the globe give him a sense of wonder—the magical ingredient he brings to his designs.

106 COLOR REVIVAL

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110 ONE FOR THE AGES

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On the Cover: Designer Barrie Benson converts a Georgian Revival home in Eastover, adding architectural details, mid-century furniture, and vintage pieces—yet making it thoroughly livable and kid-friendly (page 84).

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PORTRAIT: CHRIS EDWARDS; ON THE COVER: BRIE WILLIAMS.

here’s something about change that’s exciting. Perhaps it’s the anticipation of what’s to come that is terrifying yet exhilarating. As we enter into this new year, we also welcome a new decade, a new era. I find myself trying to get out of the smog of maternity leave and back into the work groove—old routines but with new approaches. And don’t we all want to evolve into better people? Whether quitting a bad habit or starting a good one, it’s this idea that we can change into a better version of ourselves that excites us. Self-improvement gives us a sense of worth and value. It’s not always easy to do the things we intend to do. Finding the inspiration is what helps to motivate us. In this year’s annual Arts & Architecture Issue, we set out to discover the beauty that surrounds us, to discover what inspires. Throughout our pages, we highlight some of the city’s most inspirational people, places, products, and events. Artist Ted Lee finds himself pushing through the struggle to create his masterpieces. His work speaks for itself, but it’s his perseverance that adds that final touch (page 20). It’s always rousing to witness local talent achieve greatness. For a number of individuals, they’re doing just that through new business ventures, including a new jewelry line, a new flagship store, a new collection, and more (page 30). And what better place to view incredible work than in a museum? We highlight three exhibitions taking place this season that showcase some of the most interesting works around town (page 26). To build upon our past is to create new beauty. With the help of some of the city’s most talented designers, each of our featured homes is an embodiment of just that. Architect Lindsay McCullough and designer Barrie Benson exemplify this concept with McCullough’s 1939 Georgian Revival home. Together, they maintained the integrity of the existing structure by preserving its bones while adding modern touches to make it perfect for present day (page 84). Beauty is in the eye of the beholder rings true for a Myers Park resident whose expansive art collection drives her home’s design. It rings even truer for designer Mary Tobias Miller, who aided her in the process (page 60). And designer Amy Vermillion was able to create a clean, modern aesthetic for a pair of California transplants who didn’t want to lose their West Coast roots when they moved east (72). Whatever goal you set for yourself this year, just remember, it’s the process, the journey that you should appreciate—not necessarily the result. You’ll get there eventually. In the meantime, open your eyes and enjoy the beauty before you.


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PUSHING THROUGH After setting down his paintbrushes for twenty years, one local artist found the inspiration to begin again in an unlikely place. Written by Anne Marie Ashley Photography by Dustin Peck

From a blank canvas, artist Ted Lee begins to make broad strokes with his paint. With no particular direction or image in mind, he begins to blend, layer, and shape. As loud music blares in the background, Lee uses oil paints, acrylic paints, pastels, shoe polish, marble dust, dirt, colored pencils, lipstick, rotten fruit—whatever he can get his hands on—to create his piece stroke by stroke. However, in every single work of art he creates, there comes the point where Lee says to himself, “This is awful. It’s unredeemable.” But instead of throwing down his brushes, he keeps pushing through until, finally, he falls in love with the piece and sees its beauty. Perhaps there’s no better metaphor for Lee as an artist than this process. What makes him unique is his ability to push beyond the hard or the ugly and create passion in the end. As a child, Lee had an undeniable talent for drawing. He began by recreating album covers from his favorite rock bands, like the Beatles. 20 HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020



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He was also influenced by the colorful and vibrant artwork of Peter Max. With his family’s encouragement, he remained interested in art throughout his schooling. After two years in the Air Force, Lee received his GI Bill and took it straight to Virginia Commonwealth University, where he majored in painting and printmaking. “I remember sitting in Morris Yarowski’s class at the start of my third year at VCU, my first serious course in my painting major,” Lee recalls, “and he is smoking a pipe and circling my small painting. Finally, he says to me, ‘What are you doing?’ When I told him I was painting a landscape, he said, ‘This is 1980! Why are you painting like it’s 1940?!’” Lee’s instructor told him to leave his class and never come back. Discouraged, Lee spent the next several weeks holed up in his apartment studying abstract artists like Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell. One day, he walked back into the classroom with a giant canvas and a bag of paints and began painting more abstractly. Yarowski said, “Glad to see you back,” and never spoke of the incident again. It’s this lesson that showed Lee how to push through and create. “Looking back, I totally agree with his first statement. It was a glass of cold water in my face.” During his time in college, Lee’s work landed in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Chrysler Museum of Art, and he also won several competitions, including Best in Show at the VMFA with his pen-and-ink drawing, Bush. 22 HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020


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“IT WAS A GLASS OF COLD WATER IN MY FACE.” —TED LEE

Though he had plans to go to New York after graduating, life intercepted Lee and took him in a different direction. He fell in love, got married, and started a family. To support his family, Lee quit painting entirely and got a nine-to-five job. For the next twenty years, Lee would never pick up a paintbrush. That changed after a trip to Pamplona, Spain, with his wife and their two young daughters. “I took my family to a bullfight in Pamplona, thinking we would all love it,” Lee explains. “But instead, my daughter cried the entire time. She was so emotional over the scene that we left halfway through. When we got back home stateside, I was so compelled to paint this experience my daughter had at the bullfight that my passion was reignited.” Lee had pushed through his dormant period to find an inspiring 24 HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020

moment that threw him back into painting. That piece, incidentally, was gifted to his daughter upon her graduation from college. Since then, Lee has been painting and drawing (the root of his passion) in all his spare time. After being represented for several years at Hodges Taylor in Charlotte, Lee began to market his work on his own. Through a series of fortunate events, he began selling his art at Slate Interiors and Cotswold Marketplace. And from there, Lee has been commissioned by interior designers to create one-of-a-kind pieces for their clients. Eventually, he hopes to expand his following to other cities and focus solely on commissions. Lee’s travels largely inspire his artwork, and though every piece is entirely original, he does find himself reproducing a common theme in different forms. For a time, his family had a vacation home in Vaison-laRomaine in the South of France. “The drive to this small historic town provided unreal imagery that still sticks with me today,” Lee says. “Imagine mountains in the distance, vineyards on either side, and tall cypress trees flanking the road. When the mistral wind would blow, these giant trees would sway back and forth in the most enchanting way—almost as if they were clapping when they saw me come back to Vaison time and again.” To this day, Lee paints these swaying cypress trees in one fashion or another—a magical experience he keeps in mind as he pushes through each transition in life, each piece he creates.u


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NEXT DECADE ART Wedgwood sculptures at the Mint and other can’t-miss Charlotte exhibitions this season. Written by Virginia Brown

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Alumni reunite for a visually stunning artistic “conversation” at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, an artist residency and contemporary art space located in a historic church in Uptown Charlotte. Curated by visiting curator Jonell Logan, Adorned fosters a dynamic conversation between the work of two McColl Center alumni who work with a variety of materials to explore today’s most relevant issues. Through African-inspired masks, textured backgrounds, and large necklaces, artists Sharif Bey (a teaching artist and associate professor of art at Syracuse University) and Atlanta native Shanequa Gay search for power in adornment and aim to explore life today through altered rites of passage and history. Don’t miss part of the installation that Gay created especially for the McColl Center space, a response to some of Bey’s works. mccollcenter.org

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PAINTING IS ITS OWN COUNTRY HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS + CULTURE

CLASSIC BLACK: THE BASALT SCULPTURE OF WEDGWOOD AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES MINT MUSEUM RANDOLPH

Recognized as North Carolina’s first art museum, the Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in an original branch of the United States Mint. Through May, the Mint Museum Randolph shows Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries. The exhibition marks the first to focus solely on Wedgwood’s black basalt sculptures as well as other potters. Notable artists represented in the sculptures include Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini of the seventeenth century, and eighteenth-century sculptor Louis-François Roubiliac. But the Mint offers a present-day twist to the presentation, collaborating with contemporary Charlotte-based muralist and street artist OWL to create murals for each exhibition room. Inspired by the sunset, each mural plays off of the pieces featured, creating not only a visually arresting result but a noteworthy juxtaposition of largely male figures of antiquity with the presentday art of a woman of color. mintmuseum.org 28 HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020

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On display through April, Painting Is Its Own Country explores traditional ideas of creativity and cultural representation. Featuring more than two dozen artists, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture uses this exhibition to survey a wide array of talented emerging and established painters to showcase the undying and boundless expressive nature of the classic art form. Artists include Elizabeth Colomba, who has permanent collections at Princeton University and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Indiana-born DeShawn Dumas, whose powerful work is inspired by slavery and its continued unfolding in the United States. The exhibition is curated by Dexter Wimberly, known globally for his exhibitions and programs, including The Third Line in Dubai, Koki Arts in Tokyo, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. ganttcenter.org


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FROM ARTISTS TO ARTISANS Whether the form is painting, writing, textiles, or furniture-making, these artisans are true artists, bringing their craft and its many forms to the masses. Written by Anne Marie Ashley Produced by Ashley Hotham Cox

When Ramón Gaulda started his business, Anticuario R. Gualda, in 1987, it was created from a pure passion for art and history. His time in Paris as a young boy instilled in him a deep love that carried him through his adulthood and allowed him to collect an expansive collection of artifacts and antiques. In 2010, his granddaughter Marta picked up the torch, and in 2019 she brought Anticuario R. Gaulda to Charlotte. Dedicated to maintaining the essence of the traditional, Marta filled the corners of her Myers Park shop with centuriesold stories and infused the open spaces with the kind of modernity that makes life interesting today. It’s the duality of her collection that makes it eclectic and fascinating, exciting and familiar, comfortable and new. “Being a collector doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re an expert in the piece you are buying at that very moment,” Marta explains. “At first it just speaks to you, reflects some part of you that you want to explore. As time goes by and you live next to it, you dive deeper into that abyss, and the details begin to reveal themselves in a way you never imagined. This is how the collector gains their expertise and curates their own collection. It’s this process that informs their taste and subsequent additions to their collection—after the purchase, after living with the piece.” martagaulda.com

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Love Thy Rival is a perfect sentiment for the modern world and the namesake of the new Southern-inspired jewelry line created by friends Alex Holleman and Mary Margaret Beaver. Pieces inspired by treasured worldly possessions and lifetime milestones anchor the collection. “We draw inspiration from our very own vintage pieces and the designs that we ourselves want to wear,” Beaver says. “Jewelry has the remarkable power to signify so many things to a person. It is exciting to offer creations that will resonate with our clients—women who inspire and empower us. We also want our jewelry to be a reflection and expression of the wearer’s own individual style and unique personality.” In December 2019, the pair debuted their collection in Beaver’s home to various friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. “We wanted to introduce our own bespoke interpretation of timeless and momentous pieces to our friends and do it in a way that is playful and with beautiful handcrafted pieces that can easily be incorporated into their daily lives,” Holleman says. lovethyrival.com

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When Chapel Hill–based artist Liane Ricci went to Vittorio Veneto, Italy, in 2016 to study traditional fresco painting, she came back with a renewed sense of purpose. Previously experienced in commissioned paintings, original designs for rugs and fabrics, and custom finishes and gold leafing for high-end furnishing companies, she opened Ricci Studio and shifted her gaze to hand-painted wallcoverings. “My experience in Italy inspired me to translate my paintings into wallcoverings,” she explains. “In our digital age, I believe the synthetic can become overwhelming, and I’m attracted to designs that harken back to the touch of the human hand.” The collections from Ricci Studio are bold and expressive, with rich, soothing colors and oversized repeats. “I want to provide options that are art-driven and have the integrity of true craftsmanship. It’s imperative to me that my materials and processes meet high standards of environmental responsibility.” lianericci.com 32 HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020

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Charlotte-based artist Stephen Wilson is going back to his roots with his newest collection, The Albums. As a member of a New Jersey–based rock band in the ’80s, Wilson is seeing his passions collide and come full circle with each piece he’s created. Wilson’s use of textiles and embroidery is brought to nostalgic life in a series of handmade album covers that grab the heart of every music lover. “Art, fashion, and music, the three main sources of everything I’ve done so far—it’s taken me the longest to even start this new category because there are so many ideas and techniques to put forward with very specific references to each album.” stephenwilsonstudio.com

Roxy Te grew up amidst her family’s furniture factories in North Carolina, learning the business from soup to nuts and spending her falls and springs at High Point Market. Nearly forty years after growing up in those furniture factories, she is proud to continue that family tradition with her own next-level flair. In 2011, Te founded her own online marketplace, Society Social, selling a line of customized furniture. She led the charge for revitalizing the bamboo furniture trend, and today Society Social is one of the most recognized brands in the furniture industry. The new flagship store is now open in Atherton Mill in South End. It’s full of color, patterns, and design—her brand “on steroids,” as Te puts it—and a perfect place to shop, sit, and pull up a chair at their pagoda bar. The design plan of her flagship store was catalyzed by New York–based interior designer Sasha Bikoff, who is regaled for her use of color and an uncommon combination of styles. “Sasha was able to take the brand DNA and bring it to life,” Te says. “She’s overthe-top, and we knew she wouldn’t hold back. We already had a very strong sense of what the design should look like, so we were able to quickly work with Sasha in dreaming up colorful renderings. Our team took it from fabrics and paint selections to vetting and coordinating all our local and wonderful tradesmen and artisans to the final install.” shopsocietysocial.com 34 HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020

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CITRUSY CHARTREUSE The cast of limelight evokes a neon nostalgia in this stand-alone hue. Written by Christina Spratt Spencer

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Elizabeth Chequer Hendee of Chequer Interiors creates a chartreuse vignette at Lloyd and Ida Antiques’ “Celebration of Birds” event in Essex, Connecticut.

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A mélange of lemon and lime, this electric elixir nearly glows with a sharp and brilliant tension that is impossibly invigorating in its vivacity. Its acidity is sharp, crisp, and cutting edge, making it fiercely attention-seeking in its truest potency yet still amiable and refreshingly lively. This avant-garde and unconventional hue is a powerhouse prima donna, always taking center stage. But, fear not, it plays well with an equally lively supporting cast like magenta, teal, or vermillion, or subdued charcoal gray, inky blue, or maroon. A slight tinge of more green quenches and placates, whereas an undertone of brown or gray can take this hue from lightning-bolt electric to ever-so-slightly earthy in its range while still maintaining its powerful punch. Chartreuse is, without a doubt, a most confident color choice.


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Becky Boyle’s approach to interior design is simple: draw inspiration from what you love. This is exactly how the designer begins her conversations with clients. “I enjoy getting to know them and how they live in their home before starting to design,” Boyle says, who describes her aesthetic as traditional with a youthful twist. “I love to incorporate classic, inherited pieces with a new and youthful design. Whether that’s a chef’s kitchen, a favorite piece of furniture passed down from their grandmother, or wanting a nook for reading, I truly believe a home should be a reflection of who you are and what you love.” Boyle takes the same approach with her style, pulling items for her home that are inspired by things she loves or that are personal to her. “I love using my grandparents’ antique pieces and silver, but then adding new fabrics to them or combining them in a room with new furniture and accessories. I love combining old and new items, mixing antiques with fresh silhouettes,” she says. “My goal in combining colors, textures, fabrics, and light that someone is drawn to on an emotional level is to create a space that feels collected, warm, and welcoming.”

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DESIGNED to TRAVEL Be prepared to be inspired by these five charming Southern cities and boutique hotels brimming with noteworthy interior design and architectural details.

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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Quirk Hotel Lobby

In the last decade, Richmond has undergone an art renaissance, blending modern architectural designs and street art with its rich Southern aesthetic. Currently, Richmond boasts more than one-hundred murals by local and international artists—a “living canvas” that’s emblematic of the city’s thriving, contemporary cultural scene. Quirk Hotel Front Desk

STAY A former department store built in 1916, the four-star boutique Quirk Hotel was restored to its current glamorous aesthetic in 2015. The lobby features a chevron-patterned wooden floor, a mezzanine, and the original wrought-iron staircase, which was uncovered during the recent renovations. Guests can sip hand-crafted cocktails from the rooftop bar, sample local ingredients from the signature restaurant, Maple & Pine, or browse the art in the adjacent art gallery. Upstairs, the guest rooms also stay true to their historical roots, with five-foot-tall industrial-style windows, original pine-wood flooring, and headboards salvaged from the building’s original walnut floor beams. destinationhotels.com

TAKE NOTE Much of the original, Italian Renaissance–style architecture has been preserved, including— most strikingly—the lobby’s two-story-high limestone arches and vaulted ceilings painted a stark white (pictured above), and offset with rows of hanging pendant lights.

EAT A new take on the classic fern bar, Laura Lee’s serves up an elevated take on classic Southern favorites, with dishes like seared scallops with sweet potatoes and curry sauce, jumbo crab cakes with creamy polenta, and deep-fried crab cake sandwiches topped with Brussels sprout slaw. Located just a few blocks from Quirk Hotel is Charm School. This ice cream shop boasts handmade cones and flavors like iced latte, ginger lime, and Fruity Pebbles cereal milk—making it the perfect place to end a gastronomic night on the town. SHOP Richmond’s Broad Street is home to an array of eclectic vintage clothing and furniture stores. Shop for chunky knits at Rosewood Clothing Co., hunt for funky T-shirts at Blue Bones, and peruse the bohemian furniture at 68 Home. For a wide selection of coffee, wine, and local craft beer, head one block north to West Marshall Street, where you’ll spot Saison Market, a cozy marketplace and bottle shop that also doubles as a café.

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DO On Friday nights, Richmond’s art galleries throw open their doors to the public and feature live music and free food and wine. Start your tour on Broad Street, the art district’s main road, and view the can’t-miss artwork at Ada Gallery, 1708 Gallery, Candela Books + Gallery, and The Mix Gallery. Nestled on the outskirts of Richmond, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sits on more than fifty acres of property. It boasts a dozen gardens, including a rose garden with more than 1,300 bushes, a picturesque Asian garden with a bubbling river and broad-leafed evergreens, and a conservatory that hosts a stunning collection of orchids.—Maria Masters

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SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

The Collins Quarter

Around every charming corner in Savannah, you’ll encounter the striking balance between the old and the new: cutting-edge art and design influence from students at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) against the dramatic backdrops of Victorian Regency, Greek and Gothic Revival, and Italianate architecture. Kimpton Brice Hotel Lobby

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STAY When you walk into the The Kimpton Brice Hotel’s lobby, you’ll see why they refer to it as the “living room.” It’s as intimate and cozy as an actual living room—just the way founder Bill Kimpton envisioned it. Busta Studio, the firm behind the execution of the hotel’s “traditional reimagined” design concept, overlooked no detail when integrating modern lines and Southern inspiration to create a dramatic mood. The contemporary curve of the bookshelves in the living room gives way to a gallery wall of modern SCAD artwork. In fact, the focus on bookshelves pays homage to the traditional, library-first layout of many historic Savannah homes. bricehotel.com TAKE NOTE Those butterflies that adorn the guestroom corridors (pictured, above right)? This wallcovering detail represents the monarch butterfly migration that graces northern Georgia in late summer to early fall.

EAT Make your reservations early at the acclaimed Husk where the interior pays tribute to some original architectural details from the home’s 1898 bones and its Oglethorpe Avenue locale. Design lovers can’t miss The Grey, serving up modern Southern fare from a refurbished 1938 Art Deco Greyhound bus terminal. And what’s a fabulous weekend getaway without brunch? Wake up to the bright and cheery interior at The Collins Quarter, treat yourself to a spiced lavender mocha, and, if you’ve saved room, order their signature Swine Time Beni—French toast topped with pulled pork, tomato, poached egg, hollandaise, and bacon. SHOP Within about a mile of each other, you can hit acclaimed furnishing and antique havens Alex Raskin Antiques, 24e Design Co., The Paris Market, and Brocante. ShopSCAD, on Bull Street, showcases the work of SCAD alumni, students, and faculty. Pop into

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Folklorico for an eclectic selection of jewelry and folk art, and add Nourish to your list for organic, locally made bath and skincare products. DO Those seeking a dose of history will appreciate a visit to the Savannah History Museum, the trio of Telfair Museums, and the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Avid readers should plan a visit to Bonaventure Cemetery, featured prominently in the bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. If tours inside public sites like the Andrew Low House, Harper Fowlkes House, Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, and Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace aren’t enough to satiate your design curiosity, try to snag tickets to the 85th Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens, March 26–29. You’ll get an exclusive peek into some of the city’s finest private homes and their special heirloom furnishings.—Cristina Wilson

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

The Draftsman

There are certain stops in Charlottesville that are musts for any first-time visitors. Visiting Thomas Jefferson’s fascinating Monticello home. Lunching at the nearby circa-1784 Michie Tavern. Perusing the University of Virginia’s bustling campus. But these things have all been a part of this vibrant city for decades—or even centuries. Today, its chef-driven restaurants, gorgeous vineyards, and charming shops are drawing fresh attention. And there’s no better time for a getaway to the new Charlottesville.

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TAKE NOTE Much of the hotel’s furniture was crafted by Contraxx Furniture, which prides itself on its rural American roots. The drafting desk in the hotel’s lobby is an especially beautiful example of their custom work.

EAT Just across the street from The Draftsman is Farm Bell Kitchen, the perfect weekend brunch stop. Be sure to try the Biscuit Board, a flight of four homemade biscuits with ham, pork gravy, house mustard, and local preserves. Farther down Main Street, Public Fish & Oyster features a raw bar, local microbrews, and incredibly fresh seafood for central Virginia. Its cozy space and creamy clam chowder are a perfect answer to a chilly night. End your evening at the nearby Alley Light, a beautiful bar with a speakeasy vibe offering creative— and potent—cocktails. SHOP Start at the Historic Downtown Mall, a pedestrian mall with brick-paved streets lined by historic buildings. Pop into C’Ville Arts, an impressive co-op gallery featuring arts and crafts from local makers, and stop by Blue Whale Books, a used and rare bookstore where shelves are stacked with thousands of volumes. Just outside of town, you’ll find The Barn Swallow

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Artisan Gallery featuring beautifully curated works such as pottery, carved wood, and hand-crafted silver. DO For a scenic start to your day, head to the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the most rewarding vistas can be found at Humpback Rocks, an outcropping of rocks at the top of a popular (and strenuous) one-mile trail. Reward yourself after your hike with a stop at the nearby Blue Mountain Brewery, which features live music, mountain views, and tasty fare alongside its craft brews. Or spend a leisurely afternoon at the fifty-acre Veritas Vineyards & Winery.—Sarah Crosland

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STAY Named for Virginians Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe, The Draftsman opened in the fall of 2018 on Charlottesville’s Main Street, just a block from UVA’s campus. Its chic lobby features accents of gold and turquoise, with small modern vignettes perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Request a room on one of the upper levels, where floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the town and the Blue Ridge Mountains. And make a reservation at Renewal, where you’ll find locally sourced dishes and drinks, and a convivial happy hour that highlights the local brewing scene. thedraftsmanhotel.com



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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA

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A true Southern city, Columbia, South Carolina, may be best known as the state capital and home to the University of South Carolina. But over the last decade, the city has undergone a major resurgence with revitalized neighborhoods, trendy festivals, and new restaurants, turning this college town into a burgeoning metropolis.

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Graduate Columbia Queen Room

EAT Before dinner, head to Lula Drake Wine Parlour. Owned by an acclaimed sommelier, this cozy space features a rotating wine selection and a menu of small plates. Caterer-turned-chef Jessica Shillato and her husband, Jake Wendling, opened Southern comfort food spot Spotted Salamander Café and Catering in 2014. Known for its pulled brisket pimento cheese sandwich, rotating deviled eggs specials, pork belly mac and cheese, and decadent chocolate-cookie butter crack pie, you won’t leave hungry. For outside-thebox bistro fare, head to Terra. Known for its pizzas, Terra also serves up a delicious pork schnitzel and blue crab fettuccine.

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SHOP Columbia’s Devine Street, less than two miles from the hotel, offers a stretch of shops that are easily walkable. Bohemian Home has been a staple in Columbia since

Guest check-in is at a showstopping, custom oversized dresser (pictured, left), swathed in a lavender lacquer and adorned with colorful tassels meant to evoke a collegiate feel.

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it opened in 1976 and is chock full of an eclectic mix of everything from wall art to ergonomically designed lounge chairs. Just a few steps away is Just the Thing, which features clothing, shoes, and handbags, as well as jewelry and gifts. There’s also Pink Sorbet for the Lilly Pulitzer fan and HalfMoon Outfitters for the outdoorsy type. DO If you’re in Columbia this spring or summer, be sure to head to Segra Park and catch a Fireflies game—the team is the minor league affiliate of the New York Mets. But be sure to mark your calendar for the annual Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden (typically in April). Sample wines from all over the world while tasting local fare from dozens of local restaurants, all while walking the grounds of the pristine gardens.—Michelle Boudin

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STAY The Graduate Columbia opened last August after completely renovating the former Inn at USC. Once a four-bedroom family home, it is now a 119-room boutique hotel with subtle architectural details and aesthetic choices that are a nod to school colors, mascots, and more. In lieu of a massive lobby, the first floor greets guests with a variety of sitting rooms, each designed to make you feel like you’re in your own— albeit funky—living room. Each room is a thoughtful collision of colors and prints and vintage chachkies handpicked from area antique stores. graduatehotels.com/columbia


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WASHINGTON, D.C.

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Sure, it’d be easy to dedicate your entire Washington, D.C. visit to historical sites and museums. But from distilleries to designer shops, the capital city has transformed in recent years into a modern cultural destination. Now, a weekend getaway here can be venturing between food halls, rooftop bars, and charming neighborhood streets. And, if you’re able to squeeze in a Smithsonian stop or two along the way, all the better. Hotel Monaco Lobby

Hotel Monaco King Room

STAY Housed in the converted 1839 General Post Office building, Hotel Monaco, a boutique Kimpton Hotel, recently underwent a major design refresh that melded modern style with the building’s classical architecture. The result? Dramatic touches like white medallions of lion heads in each high-ceilinged guest room and elegant European-inspired furniture—all blended with bold modern art and jewel-toned hues. monaco-dc.com

TAKE NOTE In Hotel Monaco’s lobby and in its Majestic Suite, you’ll find original black-and-white abstract paintings by contemporary Los Angeles artist Irena Orlov.

EAT Famed chef Jose Andres’ cadre of alwaysimpressive restaurants (make reservations at Minibar), as well as uber-popular spots like Rose’s Luxury in Capitol Hill have drawn plenty of attention on the national food scene. You’ll want to check out brand-

new destinations like Dupont Circle’s Residents Café & Bar, a fast favorite for its Mediterranean vibe and flavors, or the modern Italian-inspired Modena, featuring house-made pasta and fresh specialty breads. Blue Duck Tavern continues to have one of the best brunches in town, and the rooftop views of the White House and Washington Monument mean that the pricey cocktails at POV Rooftop are always worth it. SHOP Mixed-use development CityCenterDC is within walking distance of Hotel Monaco and features luxury shops like Hermès, Christofle, Jo Malone London, and a new Tiffany & Co. Other urban shopping options include Union Market, where boutiques like the charming Salt & Sundry features curated gift and entertaining offerings, and the new Veer & Wander offers a fresh twist on the traditional apothecary. Georgetown’s M Street continues to be a popular stop for shoppers for its trendy brands like Rag & Bone, All Saints, and even a brick-and-mortar version of Rent the Runway.

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DO Catch the Metro to Old Town Alexandria, where you can stroll down cobblestone streets lined with eighteenth-century homes, stop in local boutiques and galleries, and grab a bite at one of the restaurants overlooking the Potomac. The most fun history-meetsmodern-day-experience in D.C. right now, though, may be the distilleries popping up in Ivy City, just a few blocks north of Union Market. Since Green Hat Gin opened in 2012—the first distillery in D.C. to open since Prohibition—the former warehouse district has become home to five more and counting, making it an easy spot to spend an afternoon sipping and sampling.—SC

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FINE ART A MYERS PARK HOMEOWNER TAKES CUES FROM HER IMPRESSIVE ART COLLECTION TO TRANSFORM HER ONE-TIME TRADITIONAL HOME.

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A neutral gray grasscloth by Thibaut in the living room serves as the ideal foundation for the homeowner’s art collection. The photograph titled Brigitte Bardot, Spain by Terry O’Neill is a dramatic centerpiece to the entire space.

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The upstairs hallway features some of the homeowner’s most significant pieces of art, including the Picasso at the end of the hallway. The two pieces along the walkway, Gothic Run Riot and Billy’s First Portrait of God, are by artist Julian Schnabel. OPPOSITE: Miller custom designed this oversized sofa with chaise swathed in a luxurious fabric by Romo to fit right into the nook by the window. The color palette from the room was drawn from the artwork of artist Tom Wesselmann.

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he homeowner knew exactly what she wanted. After moving to Charlotte from New York to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren, the successful businesswoman purchased a home in Myers Park. Built in 2007, the traditional home was in need of an uplift. And while the homeowner doesn’t have a background in interior design, she does have an affinity for artwork, which drove many of the design decisions she made. After living in the home for some time, learning its nuances and how she wanted to live in each space, she was ready to begin the renovation process. To start, she reached out to contractor Kurt Lovekamp. “Kurt has such a diverse background,” she says. “He has a great vision for things,

too. I would tell him that I wanted a staircase here or a wall removed there, and he was able to see exactly what I wanted.” What she wanted was a more open, seamless layout where every inch of the home had a function and purpose. The home also needed to showcase her growing art collection. “I decided to expand my art collection so that I could use it as a vehicle to teach my grandchildren about art and artists,” she explains. “I want them to be able to walk through the home and learn something about art.” After major tweaks to the layout with the addition of a back stairway, a kitchen renovation, and other structural changes, the homeowner was at the point where she needed to work on the interiors. Though she knew what she wanted the interiors to look like just as she knew what architectural

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Miller pulled colors from the nearby living room’s artwork via the pillows by Missoni and Jim Thompson that accent the custom designed banquette in a Romo fabric. The chandelier by Linea Murano adds a touch a glamour to the space.

TOP: While the kitchen was clean and elegant, Miller thought it lacked softness. To warm the room, she added the playful Worlds Away brassaccented stools covered in a Mongolian fur and the cowhide rug. BOTTOM: Miller pulled colors from the nearby living room’s artwork via the pillows by Missoni and Jim Thompson that accent the custom designed banquette in a Romo fabric. The chandelier by Linea Murano adds a touch a glamour to the space. OPPOSITE: The impressive art in the living room, by artist David Hockney, is accented by Mr. Brown sconces. “I wanted to enhance the artwork, not detract from it,” Miller says of the design choice.

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uplifts she envisioned, she also knew she needed a professional’s input, not to mention help with sourcing furniture, fabrics, and more. To assist her, she enlisted the help of interior designer Mary Tobias Miller, who owns Abode Home in Dilworth, which is where, years earlier, the homeowner had first met the designer. “I’d purchased a chair from Mary years ago,” she says. “So she was one of the first people I thought of to help me with the interior design.” From the start, Miller could see her client’s vision, one in which the interior design centered around her art collection. “The artwork has a very big personality,” Miller says,

“so we decided that the interiors should acquiesce to her art collection as opposed to compete with it.” The living room was one such space where the furnishings, such as the Linea Murano glass chandelier, would play a supporting role to the artwork, which would be the centerpiece. “I love black-andwhite images of people and faces,” says the homeowner of the Terry O’Neill photograph that hangs above the sofa. “The homeowner knew she wanted a gray grasscloth in the living room, as well,” Miller says, “so we added a neutral option by Thibaut that really allows the artwork to pop.” Opposite, a dramatic piece by artist David Hockney is framed by Mr. Brown FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 65


The artwork serves as the inspiration for the design in the dining room/salon. Maasai Woman and Child, Africa, a black-and-white photograph by artist Herb Ritts, is a major focal point, while the stunning chandelier by Linea Murano plays a supporting role.

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In the office, the homeowner pulled together a variety of pieces she’s collected over the years, including the large screen that she acquired back in 1983. The more modern chairs in hot pink were purchased at Slate Interiors.

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During a trip to China, the homeowner met with a colorist who custom designed the eye-catching wallpaper in the master bedroom. To complement it, Miller custom designed the bed and rails, which are covered in a luxe velvet by Romo. OPPOSITE: During her travels abroad, the homeowner became enamored with Italian bathrooms, which featured marble from top to bottom. To replicate that in her own home, she enlisted Instyle Charlotte to help fabricate the marble floor and walls as well as the custom-designed sink.

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sconces “to enhance the artwork,” Miller says, “not detract from it.” Similarly, in the dining room, artwork would play the lead role in the interiors with a stunning black-and-white photograph by artist Herb Ritts called Maasai Woman and Child, Africa. The peek-through to the hallway provides a pop of color through three works by artist Alex Katz called Brisk Day I, II and III. Upstairs in the reading room, the homeowner wanted a cozy place to curl up with a book, so Miller custom designed the sofa swathed in a luxe velvet by Romo to complement the artwork of artist Tom Wesselmann. The kitchen, however, is one space where the homeowner’s impressive art collection didn’t influence the design. “The space just really needed to be softened,” says Miller of the all-white kitchen, which the homeowner had previously renovated. Brass-accented counter stools covered in a

Mongolian fur by Worlds Away “add a softness to offset the hard surfaces,” the designer says. Originally, the home had three different dining areas, including the space adjacent to the kitchen. The homeowner wanted it transformed into a lounging area where she could relax and read, so Miller custom designed the banquette swathed in a Romo fabric so that it tucked right into the awkwardly shaped space. “My client wanted it to be comfortable enough to sit and read, but she also didn’t want to impair the view,” Miller says. Today, the homeowner looks at her home as a constant work in progress as she continues to add to her art collection. “The more that I add, the more the interiors will morph,” she says. The one constant, though, is drawing inspiration from her art collection. “The driving force in my home’s design will always be my artwork.” u FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 69


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While the custom-built home designed by Grande Custom Builders is traditional Mediterranean in its architecture, the interior design is decidedly transitional with a modern touch.

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WEST COAST APPEAL DESIGNER AMY VERMILLION TOOK DESIGN CUES FROM HER LONGTIME CLIENTS TO CREATE AN INTERIOR FEATURING A MODERN, CLEAN, AND LIGHT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AESTHETIC.

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The home was designed with light in mind, so the foyer offers a direct view of the two-story living room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Vermillion chose Hickory Chair lounge chairs with lower backs and a neutral palette so they wouldn’t compete with the view and the natural light. OPPOSITE: The picture molding instantly gives interest to this pass-through space from the living room to the foyer. The pair of Hickory Chair swivel seats, swathed in a waxed linen by Schumacher, provide texture without detracting from the artwork.

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my Vermillion and her clients know each other well. So well, in fact, that when her clients decided to leave their Myers Park home to find something that was larger and more conducive to hosting family and friends comfortably, one of the first people they called was Vermillion. “We’ve worked on so many previous homes together that I knew their style and what they wanted,” the designer says. “So when they found this home [built by Grande Custom Builders], I already had a general idea of what they might want it to look like.”

Vermillion’s clients had previously spoken to her about their love of their recently sold home in Southern California. “They would talk at length about how much they enjoyed the clean lines, the simplicity, the light color palette,” she says. “So I asked them if they wanted to bring in that West Coast, California aesthetic that’s more modern and much brighter than their previous homes, and it was an emphatic ‘Yes!’” The homeowner shares, “We wanted our home to be modern without being too contemporary.” “This home lends itself to that design,” Vermillion says. “It would be a real mistake to add a bunch of eighteenth-century FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 75


Vermillion wanted the architectural detail of the wood-paneled ceiling to play center stage in the dining room’s design, so she mirrored the pattern with the addition of a Stark rug.

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antiques into a home such as this. To install a very traditional design featuring heavy patterns and color would do a disservice to the architectural details and clean lines of this home.” And so the designer pulled together a color palette of whites and creams through varying textures to add interest, coupled with hints of blue throughout. “I love color in certain areas of a home, but it needs to be thoughtful,” she says. “It’s more difficult to achieve interest without a lot of color and pattern. You have to achieve interest with architectural details and texture, which is what we were trying to accomplish here.” After a few structural tweaks that included the addition of custom built-ins in various spaces of the home as well as exten-

sive woodworking in the basement, Vermillion was ready to start on the interiors. Unlike previous projects for her clients where they had furniture and artwork they wanted to use, this time the designer was starting from scratch. To design the public spaces such as the foyer and living room, Vermillion left the rooms white to allow architectural details like the curved wall by the fireplace to shine. And to create visual interest, she combined fabrics in a complementary color palette but in varying textures—such as the Hickory Chair sofas in a creamy linen juxtaposed with velvet pillows by Romo. “The whole point of this home was to allow as much natural light in as possible,” she says. “Part of that was keeping the foundation bright and neutral.” FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 77


ABOVE: To highlight the architectural details of the home, Vermillion purposefully kept the walls and decor neutral, incorporating items like this Stark rug and Hickory Chair sofa. RIGHT: To complement the all-white kitchen, Vermillion added the Visual Comfort pendants and Hickory Chair vinyl barstools in a snakeskin pattern.

In the master en suite, however, there was a touch too much sunlight. “One of the biggest architectural obstacles in this particular home was removing the skylight that would have been positioned right above the bed in the master bedroom,” the homeowner says. “We like light, but that was a bit too much!” Despite that change, the master bedroom is still flooded with natural light, which Vermillion was keen on taking advantage of. “We kept the interiors in here really simple on purpose,” she explains. “It’s a very serene, quiet space that looks out to the side courtyard, so we wanted that natural light to brighten the room and keep it warm and peaceful.” Vermillion achieved that elegant simplicity with a Mary McDonald for Chaddock bed in blue velvet coupled with Lili Allessandra bedding and cerused-oak side tables. 78 HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020


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LEFT: The master bedroom was all about serenity, which is why Vermillion kept the interiors simple. A Mary McDonald for Chaddock bed swathed in a luxe velvet is complemented with elegant bedding by Lili Allessandra. RIGHT: To make the master bathroom a calm and serene space for her clients, Vermillion looked to the clean, light influence of West Coast design. The simplicity of the Visual Comfort pendant and the modern lines of the bathtub, coupled with the Romo Omexco wallcovering, brings interest to the space.

The one room, however, where Vermillion took an opposite design approach was the basement. She transformed the large, white sheetrock space into a sophisticated bar area designed for entertaining. “It was so cold and sterile down there before,” she explains, “so we wrapped the entire space in rich, dark-paneled wood.” The inspiration? The homeowners’ love of the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis in New York City, a painting of which hangs above the bar. “Now it’s cozy and warm and such a fantastic place to entertain,” Vermillion adds. Ultimately, Vermillion’s clients allowed her to drive the design of the home because they love and trust her. That close relationship played a role not only in how beautifully the home turned out but also in how seamlessly the project was pulled together. Vermillion concludes, “When you work a long time for a client, and you’ve developed that rapport, it really becomes this symbiotic relationship. It’s truly a wonderful thing to be a part of.” u FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 81


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Benson carefully merged vintage pieces like the Edward Wormley dining chairs with furniture like the Georgian table. The oversized framed piece of Gracie wallpaper serves as artwork while the Serge Mouille chandelier offers mid-century modern flair.

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McCullough loves a soothing, pale color palette, so Benson chose pieces for the living room that were calming and light, such as the O. Henry House sofa, the T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings chairs in a Jim Thompson fabric, and the Patterson Flynn Martin rug. The artwork by Josef Albers completes the look. OPPOSITE: McCullough purchased the living room’s vintage chaise on the Dixie Highway while on a getaway with friends. Benson reupholstered it in a soft-blush Rogers & Goffigon linen with Zoffany silk-button tufts and Samuel & Sons contrast piping.

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indsay McCullough and her husband knew they needed more space. Having lived in New York City for the last eleven years with their two young children, and with a third on the way, the couple knew it was time for a change. The change was Charlotte, where McCullough had grown up as a child and where the couple decided they would set their roots as a family.

After walking through dozens of houses for sale, McCullough and her husband kept coming back to a stunning circa-1939 Georgian Revival home in Eastover. “It definitely wasn’t one of those love at first sight things,” McCullough says, “but there was something that we were drawn to about this house.” First, it checked all of the boxes for the couple: lots of space for their growing family coupled with architectural details that McCullough, an architect, was smitten with. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 87


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LEFT: The wormy chestnut paneling is the perfect backdrop for McCullough’s green library that she always wanted. Benson added a Dunbar sofa in soft-sage Kravet velvet and a pair of mid-century chairs in a similar hue. The vintage mid-century rattan chair is by Janine Abraham and Dirk Jan Rol, and the desk is vintage Mastercraft purchased on eBay.

“I love old homes,” she says. “I was drawn to the bones of this house. I loved the original windows, the doors with original knobs. It was very elegant and pretty. Every time we visited, all the fireplaces were burning. And it had a nice, elegant layout that I knew I could work with and make my own.” With a beige-all-over color palette, the home, however, was not the couple’s style. “The house was really lovely, but it reflected the previous owners’ taste,” McCullough says. With a limited timeframe before the arrival of her third baby, McCullough set into motion renovations to the home that would allow for a more open layout and additional natural sunlight throughout. Over the course of five weeks, McCullough made a variety of structural tweaks, including opening up the small kitchen to the adjacent keeping room. The kitchen itself was updated with new Calacatta gold-marble counters and a new farmhouse sink, but they kept the existing cabinetry, save for a few cabinets that the architect removed and replaced with open shelving. Not one to shy away from adding architectural details, McCullough took plain white sheetrock ceilings and transformed them with shiplap paneling with a nickel gap, a subtle move with a big impact on the overall aesthetic of the home. In the foyer, McCullough added paneling to the walls. “I put the paneling up because it would look like it was always here and seemed appropriate for this home,” she says. In the living room, she added trim to the ceiling to create interest. “It was this big sheetrock ceiling, and I wanted to add something to it,” McCullough explains. “One apartment we lived in in New York City had picture molding on the wall. I loved the traditional, historic feel of FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 89


TOP: Benson reupholstered the den sofa in an icy blue fabric by Larsen Textiles. The vintage teak and rope lamps purchased in Nantucket sit atop the custom waterfall tables designed by Benson. The swivel chairs are by Edward Wormley and the coffee table by Julian Chichester. BOTTOM: McCullough’s first update to the home was adding panel detail to the foyer walls. “I wanted it to look like the paneling had always been there,” she says. To soften the space, Benson added the Franco Albini settee swathed in a Groves Bros. fabric with silk trim by Zimmer + Rohde.

that, so I added it on the ceiling here, and it brought the scale of the room down a bit and makes it more intimate.” Once the renovations were completed, McCullough enlisted designer Barrie Benson to help with the interior design. “I’d come across Barrie’s work years ago and thought to myself, If I could ever work with her, I would,” she says. Benson could also see McCullough’s vision for the home, which included adding architectural details and other design elements where they were needed. “Lindsay knew exactly what the home needed to feel bright where it needed it, to add detail where it lacked it,” Benson says. “She made it very easy for me to make the house look good.” Benson worked her magic, finishing off spaces with just the right amount of color and pattern for her clients. “Barrie is just so talented with using fabric and trim.” Benson and McCullough also share a love of mid-century furniture. “I love furniture design and am especially fond of 90 HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020


With three young children, nothing could be too precious in McCullough’s home, so Benson covered the Hans Wegner Wishbone chair cushions in a washable vinyl, while the vintage Mastercraft dining table was kidproofed with a custom solid-oak top to stand up to scratches and sticky hands.

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“I FEEL THAT A HOME NEEDS TO BE LIVED IN, NO ROOMS OFF-LIMITS TO KIDS, AND BARRIE WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT.” —LINDSAY MCCULLOUGH

TOP: McCullough wanted a sophisticated but ultimately livable home for her family of five. The lacquered coffee table withstands Legos and trucks, and the vintage Moroccan rug layered over a durable sisal can weather heavy traffic. A wall light by Jean Prouvé provides ample light. BOTTOM: To create interest and draw the eye upward, Benson lined the nursery ceiling with a dramatic Designers Guild wallpaper. A traditional daybed from Pottery Barn Kids helps her daughter transition from toddler to tween. OPPOSITE: Benson kept the color palette soothing in the master bedroom, where a Restoration Hardware white canopy bed with custom Groundworks raw-silk fabric is the centerpiece. The adjacent sofa by vanCollier in a Pierre Frey fabric adds a pop of color to the space. 92 HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020


mid-century modern furniture and collecting it,” McCullough says, whose collection of vintage pieces was found primarily through auctions. “I could tell Barrie had a deep knowledge of it, too, and could help me integrate it into what I already had.” “Lindsay had some fantastic vintage pieces,” Benson explains. “We gave them new personality by changing some of the finishes and fabrics when needed. We also mixed other pieces in. Vintage isn’t entirely practical for kids, so we added in new work-horse furniture like sectionals, swivel chairs, and even the chairs in the kitchen to make it more livable for day-to-day living.” Nothing, McCullough adds, could be too precious in the home. “I feel that a home needs to be lived in, no rooms off-limits to kids, and Barrie was able to accom-

plish that.” Through the use of indoor-outdoor fabrics and patterns in high-traffic areas or on heavily used furniture, Benson made the home childproof for the couple’s three young children. And even though McCullough is talented in her own right when it comes to interior design, the architect knew that she needed another expert’s eye to pull the whole aesthetic together. “Barrie is so talented at what she does,” McCullough says. “She made this home look so much better than I ever could!” Says Benson of the finished project, “It’s classical yet feels fresh and modern and young. It’s simultaneously delicate and strong. It’s also very livable and practical. It really was such a fun project to work on.” u FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 93


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hen Frank Smith started his business, Frank Smith Residential Design, in the highly competitive residential architecture sector, he knew his success depended on finding his niche—one built on an academic foundation in architecture and design from an unconventional classroom. With passport in hand and all preconceptions checked at the gate, Smith set out on his travels, becoming a student of global architecture with the world as his classroom and the great architects of the past as his instructors.

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Smith’s goal was to transport himself to another time and place, walking the streets and immersing himself in the surroundings of these admired architects. “It’s a humbling experience,” Smith says. “There is a spiritual connection between these places, buildings, and those who designed them, and you can feel it.” So much, in fact, that Smith says that inspiration became just a small fraction gained through his travels. “It created an awakening that craves to know more, to dig deeper than just the surface. The more I traveled, the more I became aware of different styles of architecture and how they were based on different theories of design, different mathematical


“MY TRAVELS CREATE A SENSE OF WONDER, WHICH IS THE MAGICAL INGREDIENT I FIND AND BRING TO OUR DESIGNS.” —FRANK SMITH formulas, and specific architectural details,” Smith says. “More so than inspiration, my travels create a sense of wonder, which is the magical ingredient I find and bring to our designs.” Smith’s extensive travels include tours all around the globe. One of his more exotic excursions took him deep in the jungles of Belize to the ancient Mayan city of Xunantunich, and on his most recent trip, he spent three weeks in Spain, Portugal, and Italy. An early trip to England to study the English house lasted nearly two weeks, spanned twenty different cities, and was the catalyst to Smith’s deeper understanding of the Cotswold cottage as a particular architectural language, providing him an opportunity to catalog a vast library of architectural details to infuse into designs for his clients. Smith likens pulling architectural inspiration from a variety of global sources to experimenting with a new culinary dish.

“By applying the right proportions, scale, and certain elements of style (like you would with ingredients), I can create almost any style the client desires, if you know the right details to use and how to use them for maximum effect,” Smith says. “I will continue to travel, learn, experiment, and seek understanding about where design originated, how it’s changing, and where it’s going.” Smith’s future travel plans include Barcelona, a tried-and-true favorite; Australia, where a renaissance in modern design is in full swing; Belgium; and Asia.u

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Point Market. “We saw colors like chestnut, caramel, copper, deep turquoise, rich blues, marigold, rust, and browns. Green is also a very big player in our store these days, and we saw that reflected at High Point Market as well.� Pastels, dusty rose, soft gray-blues, and spruce greens were also featured heavily. These on-trend colors were prevalent in furniture, fabrics, and accessories, and Dixon says using pillows, lamps, and art in these palettes is a bold and efficient way to make a statement.


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The new aesthetic is warm and cozy—a considerable departure from the cool grays, whites, and neutrals that have been trending for so long—but homeowners interested in incorporating these colors into their decor may find it easier than they think. “It feels very organic, Art by Janine Medlin, bringing colors from the outside available through Art House Charlotte. into your indoor living space. It’s a great way to embrace our love In addition to the warmer color palette, marble accessories, for nature and the environment,” black accents, leather trays and lamps, and brass accessories are Dixon says. also on cue. And, after being heavily present in several markets, But what does that mean for those of us who embraced the gold remains a staple in tables, lamps, and accessories. neutral furniture trend? Dixon says that homeowners can incor Recently, Front Door Fabrics worked with new client Stacy porate earthen tones in conjunction with neutral furnishings by Goldean to design her home in town that embraced this trending adding accent pillows and throws in rich, supple tones to add color revival. “When we decided it was finally time to change pop. “I’ve heard many people say that they are tired of having a things up a bit, Karen and her staff at Front Door were the totally neutral house, and they are ready to incorporate color. answer,” Goldean says. “Their keen eye for color and design And while many people think of really bold colors when they made the process easy and fun, and the transformation of our want to add pizzazz, these trending colors are a much more unspace was exactly what we had hoped it would be.”u derstated way to do that.”

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riven by a whole-hearted passion for architecture and well-built traditional homes, Phil Goodwin, owner of Goodwin Classic Homes, understands and appreciates architectural design. He emphasizes collaboration between architects, designers, and clients

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throughout the design and build process as a means to perfecting the ideal heritage home that embodies the traditions and spirit of the location. “We believe that homeowners building or restoring their homes deserve improvements that are architecturally correct, soundly built, and exquisitely detailed,” Goodwin says. “Our


“OUR REPUTATION IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET.” —PHIL GOODWIN vision is to contribute to Charlotte’s architectural legacy by building or restoring heritage homes that are of enduring value for our clients as well as generations to come.” With a passion for the classical design principles, Goodwin seeks to bring the architect’s vision to fruition with keen attention to detail. He understands that visual beauty is just one part of the comprehensive design, and that structural integrity and vitality are key to ensuring the enduring beauty of the home. Goodwin employs green building principles and often uses reclaimed materials such as Buckingham slate and antique timbers and flooring to create an aesthetic that ages well and connects to the area’s history. In addition to his work ethic and ideals, Goodwin also brings more than twenty years of experience as an engineer with Duke

Energy to the table—expertise essential to the seamless operation of his company and its reputation for having an extremely coordinated, organized, and process-driven operation. It’s this attention to detail, comprehensive and detailed planning, and transparent communication that keeps clients coming back for more building and renovation needs. Debi and Bill Timmerman have worked with Goodwin Classic Homes on two major remodeling projects on their twenty-fiveyear-old Morrocroft home. “From start to finish, Phil made the whole process so easy for us. He is that rare contractor who is fluent in all the languages of each of the parties involved. He has a highly evolved aesthetic sensibility and yet is very analytical when it comes to pricing, coordination, and timing. His attention to detail is without peer,” Debi Timmerman says. Goodwin says his clients’ return business is a nod to the culture of his company. “The greatest compliment to GCH is when our clients call again and again for additional services. Our reputation is our most important asset, and we take great pride in developing long-lasting relationships with our clients.”

For more information, contact GOODWIN CLASSIC HOMES at 704-506-7950 or visit GOODWINCLASSICHOMES.COM. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 111


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MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL

Finish your next bathroom remodel with a mirror frame. Written by Lee Rhodes

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hether the bathroom is a new construction or even recently updated, chances are the wall-mounted mirror is bare—unframed and unfinished. Enter MirrorMate Frames, a Charlotte-based manufacturer and online retailer of madeto-order mirror-framing kits designed to dress any wall-mounted mirror, whether it has clips holding it to the wall or sits on a backsplash. The key to this innovation is that the frame applies right onto the mirror itself, so no room around its perimeter is needed. This treatment looks like a regular framed mirror but is much less expensive than conventional framing. The customer provides simple mirror height and width measurements and indicates whether the mirror sits on a backsplash or runs into a wall. In a matter of days, the company fabricates a frame that fits the customer’s mirror and presses right to the glass. “The transformation is truly stunning,” says interior designer Lorraine Mulligan, owner of LAM Studios, Inc. in Matthews. “The before and after really demonstrates the difference a frame makes in the bath and inspires us to ensure mirrors are never left unframed again.” The MirrorMate frame kit was invented by Lisa Huntting in 1994 after moving into

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“A MIRROR FRAME IS THE JEWELRY OF THE BATH.” — LISA HUNTTING

her South Charlotte home and framing out the mirrors herself with store-bought trim. Huntting wanted to provide an easier method for others to frame their mirrors and to offer a wider selection of trim styles and colors. As a result, MirrorMate was born. It has since grown to cut and ship hundreds of frames daily nationwide. “A mirror frame is the jewelry of the bath,” Huntting explains. “It’s the perfect finishing touch to complete the look of glued-on or wall-mounted mirrors, and to cover over those unattractive plastic or metal clips.” Mulligan recently completed design work in Huntting’s Eastover townhome following a top-to-bottom renovation. The four bathrooms were high priority, as they were original to the 1980s home. Tucked beneath the stairs, the powder room on the main floor was a particular challenge, with its mirror running nearly five-feet high from the vanity top to the ceiling and covering the whole wall.

“We enveloped the space from the walls to the ceiling with a wallcovering that saturated the room with color, making it feel like a jewel box,” Mulligan says. The existing vanity was painted turquoise, new marble top was added, and because the old vanity was shorter than today’s models, Mulligan suggested a vessel sink to add height. The crowning touch was the Solana Gold frame, which accented not only the classic chrome fixtures in the bath but echoed the gold in the wallpaper. With the existing mirror framed, it provided the finishing element to the bathroom refresh while covering the ugly clips and blackened edges of the old mirror as well. Other bathrooms in the home retained their original mirrors and got the MirrorMate frame treatment, too. The ornate Bellemeade Vintage Silver frame was used to dress up the plain medicine cabinet mirrors and add elegance to the master bath. Now, after just two years, Huntting is thinking of trying the newly introduced gold-tone frames on the Robern cabinets—good thing the frames can be removed.u

Visit MIRRORMATE.COM or call 866-304-6283 for more information, samples, and frame ordering. Available to both homeowners and the trade. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 115


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BEULAH IS BOSS By Jim Noble Photography by The Plaid Penguin

I wouldn’t call myself the most social-mediasavvy person on the planet, but I do know that it is an important tool in business these days— especially in the food and beverage industry. When we were working on our newest concept, Bossy Beulah’s Chicken Shack, I knew that the personality of the restaurant—on social media and its overall appearance—should be bold and fun. The restaurant is, after all, named after my Great-Aunt Beaut, who had a knack for telling it like it is, hence her nickname “Bossy Beaut,” which we used lovingly.

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Formerly a service station, in the design phase, we conceptualized a small dining room with an open kitchen in bright, feminine colors. One of my favorite pictures of Aunt Beaut shows her in a pink pantsuit, which ended up playing a large part in our overall design aesthetic. As you’re driving out Freedom Drive, away from Uptown, the most obvious marker for Bossy Beulah’s is the bold, bright mural on the side of the building facing the northwest corner of Freedom and Berryhill Road. It’s our updated version of the floral wallpaper often found in kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms in mid-century homes. Our branding team at The Plaid


“THE IDEA THAT AUNT BEAUT, WHO OBVIOUSLY INSPIRES ME DAILY, IS ALSO INSPIRING OUR GUESTS JUST WARMS MY HEART.” Penguin designed it, and muralist Scott Nurkin brought it to life over several unseasonably hot days in October. It has become the showpiece of Bossy Beulah’s and, in my opinion, brought this 1950s building back to life. I imagine this corner lot used to be a frequent stop for commuters headed to and from Uptown, and we hope its new personality brings folks back. Before this mural, “Instagram wall” isn’t a term I’d given any thought. (If you’re not familiar, it’s a wall that serves as a photo backdrop—typically with a design or message that people will want to photograph. Examples are the “I believe in Nashville” wall in Nashville and the “confetti hearts” wall in Charlotte’s South End.) I get it now. I can’t say that it was my idea to cover the wall in flowers, but guests are certainly taking to it, and I couldn’t be happier. The idea that Aunt Beaut, who obviously inspires me daily, is also inspiring our guests just warms my heart. And as a woman who spent most of her life in North Carolina, she would be tickled pink—pantsuit pink—to see a restaurant named after her, and even more so to see people posing in front of a wall bearing her nickname so they can share it with followers near and far.u Chef JIM NOBLE is the executive chef and owner of NOBLE FOOD & PURSUITS. For more information, visit NOBLEFOODANDPURSUITS.COM. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 117


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THE FINISHED LOOK By Beth Keim Photography by Mekenzie Loli

I often receive calls about homes being unfinished. The big pieces may be in place, but all the fluff, the things that make a home more interesting, collected, and pulled together, seem to be a struggle for some people. My favorite part of any install, by far, is styling and adding details. And the hunt for just the perfect piece, while it takes time, is the most rewarding part. Art and lighting are critical as well, as these unique accessories, when placed just right, will transform a room.

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In a home with wide-open spaces leading from one room to another, continuity is key. I try to visually continue the style when I can see through halls into other spaces. Take this great room, for example. There is a clear view into the breakfast area, so my goal was to use the same colors and style for a smooth transition and a continuance of interesting, unique, and custom pieces. The great room is filled with texture and pattern, yet the colors are similar. The large piece of art sets the color tone with shades of grays, creams, whites, and a touch of black. The


“COLLECT, STYLE, AND LAYER, AND SUDDENLY THE COZY HAPPENS.” fireplace has a concrete feel, as does the console and lamp, and the two gray velvet sofas are paired with a patterned hair-on-hide area rug with a white gesso coffee table. I always love to add smaller cocktail tables and an interesting, eye-catching chair. The breakfast area is all custom. The table was created by Josh Utsey to follow the freeform lines of the custom banquette. The curved accent chairs and an open and airy chandelier add modern sophistication. Looking into the great room from this space is easy on the eye, and it’s also one of the most comfortable places to have a meal and do a bit of work on the laptop. The dining room mixes a bit of brass for elegance and very subtle wallpaper, all tone-on-tone. Centerpieces of fresh flowers are always a must for me, and no one creates floral arrangements better than Nectar, the boutique florist in Plaza Midwood. Collect, style, and layer, and suddenly the cozy happens. Your eye will move around the space calmly, pausing to appreciate the uniqueness.u

BETH KEIM is the owner of LUCY AND COMPANY, a full-service interior design firm located at 2108 South Boulevard, Suite 213. For more information, visit LUCYANDCOMPANY.COM or call 704-342-6655. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 | HOME DESIGN & DECOR CHARLOTTE 119


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SPOTLIGHT

Andrea Bocelli Spectrum Center February 7 spectrumcentercharlotte.com

J Louis: Solo Show Shain Gallery February 7 shaingallery.com

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Anne Neilson Fine Art Through February 26 anneneilsonfineart.com Dynamic. Evocative. Dimensional. ANFA’s inaugural exhibition of 2020 presents five gallery artists who push the boundaries of a two-toned aesthetic in painting, photography, porcelain, and mixed media. Artists create a dialogue by exploring unconventional media through a monochromatic palette, stripping away the majority of color. Featuring works from Caroline Boykin, Kim Fonder, Korey Gulbrandson, Edwina Willis Flemming, and introducing visionary emerging artist Case Baumgarten. The opening reception is Thursday, January 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dreamers & Doers: Percy King + Nico Amortegui Sozo Gallery February 5–March 5 sozogallery.net Sozo Gallery is pleased to present the work of two influential artists. Former Ohio State University and Kansas City Chiefs football player Percy King, now a full-time artist, developed The Shaolin Wood Technique. King has shown his work at the Columbus Museum of Art and was commissioned by them to create portraits of four influential Columbus AfricanAmerican artists. Known for his large-scale paintings and murals, Nico Amortegui is a Charlotte-based artist who was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. His work can be found in the NoDa and Plaza-Midwood neighborhoods and at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Amortegui enjoys sculpting with wood or metal, and hand-building with clay. The opening reception is Wednesday, February 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Fillmore Charlotte February 8 fillmorenc.com

Rouge Booth Playhouse February 14–15 blumenthalarts.org

Charlotte Symphony: Chopin Piano Concerto 1 Knight Theater February 14–16 blumenthalarts.org

Stimulus McColl Center for Art + Innovation February 6 mccollcenter.org

Banff Mountain Film Festival McGlohon Theater March 15 eventbrite.com

Sleeping Beauty: A Fairy-Tailored Classic Knight Theater March 13–22 charlotteballet.org

The Color Purple Ovens Auditorium March 23–26 boplex.com

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Good’s Home Furnishings...........................................................................................27 Goodwin Classic Homes................................................................................15, 110–111 Granville...................................................................................................................... 39 High Cotton Home Co..................................................................................................44 Hotham Homes........................................................................................................... 83 Hughes Kitchen & Bath Collection............................................................................. 23 IDS Designer Showhouses........................................................................................ 4–5 Imagine Outdoor Lighting........................................................................................... 55 Impact Design Resources...........................................................................................104 Isabella......................................................................................................................... 42 Ivester Jackson Distinctive Properties........................................................................ 33 Lark & Key..................................................................................................................126 Lucy and Company.............................................................................................118–119 Magnolia Paint Company...........................................................................................124 Margaret von Werssowetz.........................................................................................112 MirrorMate Frames......................................................................................35, 114–115 Noble Food & Pursuits......................................................................................... 116–117 Oasis Outdoor.............................................................................................................. 25 Palmetto Tile of North Carolina.................................................................................6–7 Pigfish Lane................................................................................................................126 Plaza Appliance Mart.................................................................................................... 3 Queen City Audio Video Appliances......................................................................56–57 Studio Interiors............................................................................................................ 94 Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove............................................................................................. 11 Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions....................................................................112 Team Nadine/ KW Lake Norman.......................................................................108–109 The Majestic Bath........................................................................................................ 23 The Mark South End..................................................................................................6–7 The Stone Man............................................................................................................ 49 Traditions......................................................................................................................31 West Trade Interiors....................................................................................................71


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