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With her client’s implicit trust, designer Maggie Crandall effortlessly creates a dream home for a Myers Park couple. MODERN MOVEMENT When homeowners in Dilworth move six doors down, they enlist designer Susan Hill to create a modern stunner with clean lines and an open floor plan.
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Designer Bronwyn Ford helps empty nesters become urban dwellers, reinventing their look and allowing their artwork to shine.
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Dating back to the tenth century, zellige tiles are the hottest tile trend for both home renovations and new builds.
Ensure that your kitchen and bath are stunning and practical with these alluring fixtures and novel forms.
The calming composure of the classic neutrals sand and stone provide an earthy easiness and a comforting retreat of meditative stability.
Get to know three local designers as they discuss their favorite kitchen transformations and share kitchen must-haves and dos and don’ts.
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Designer Ashley Ross believes that your home’s interiors should reflect your travels and experiences. Find out where she gets her inspiration.
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With more homeowners opting to renovate, Kathryn Lilly Interiors completes a total kitchen renovation for a client in Davidson’s River Run neighborhood.
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There’s nothing like a quarantine to make you acutely aware of your surroundings. I love my small kitchen, but after spending so much time in it with my whole crew this past year, I’ve come to realize that there’s room for improvement. I’ve been dreaming up all kinds of changes, from an oversized custom hood and European range to a waterfall island and updated fixtures. The wheels are turning (just don’t tell my husband). So I completely understand why there’s been an exponential rise in home renovations this past year. For me, for now, I’ll continue to look for inspiration right here in our pages. It’s our annual Kitchen & Bath issue, and we’ve compiled a bevy of beauties for you. From whole-home projects and one-room challenges to stunning new products, trends, and more, this issue is the epitome of flair and finesse. If, like me, you can’t renovate just yet, relish the moment and enjoy your surroundings and the space you’re in. Seek out the beauty—that which is in front of you, and the potential. It’s never too far away.
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This floor features rectangular zellige tiles in a medley of colors. Part of Clé’s Lustre bundle that includes metallic gold, natural, weathered white, cindered olive, and vintage rose, the mixture highlights the artisanal imperfections of the tiles and adds personality to the space. 22
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The ancient art of making zellige tiles is a Moroccan practice that dates back to the tenth century. The technique, which has been passed down from generation to generation, involves mixing clay and water, then flattening it by hand before glazing and baking the tiles. The uneven, dimpled surfaces, natural color variations, and unmitered edges create depth and texture. “The drama of this product is in its imperfection,” explains Dana Shawver of Palmetto Tile of North Carolina. “Customers love it because of its organic nature. It adds soul to even a new build, making it feel like it’s been there for a long time.” Zellige tiles are versatile and can be used in modern or traditional homes, inside or outside, in bathrooms, kitchens, pools, floors, or fountains. They come in various sizes and colors, including mosaics, and a new line from Clé features a subtle metallic shimmer of gold or platinum. “One of our favorite ways to use the metallic zellige is in a bundle we call Lustre, featuring a mix—some glossy, some unglazed,” says Sarah Lonsdale of Clé. “It both downplays and accentuates the brilliance of these tiles. They truly are the ultimate neutral.” As zellige continues to grow in popularity, Shawver offers one caveat: not all zellige is created equal. “You should only use authentic zellige, handmade in Morocco by skilled artisans, so these tiles will stand the test of time,” she advises. u
FLAIR & FINESSE FROM THE PRETTIEST FIXTURES TO THE NEWEST FORMS, HERE’S TO MAKING YOUR KITCHEN AND BATH BOTH BEAUTIFUL AND PRACTICAL. WRITTEN BY ANNE MARIE ASHLEY PRODUCED BY ASHLEY HOTHAM COX
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SEEING STARS Known for their brilliant use of brass and semi-precious and natural stones, Lee Addison Lesley and Kat Weeks Mulford, co-founders of jewelry and home hardware company Addison Weeks, have rebranded their stunning interiors arm into Modern Matter. Newest to the line, the Cosmos Collection pays homage to the celestial globe, offering an eclectic selection of hardware, including ball knobs and rings, hooks, and decorative backplates. Each piece is available in beautiful polished brass, polished nickel, and now in burnished brass. birddecorativehardware.com
The Quintessential quick grab-and-go breakfast just got a sleek makeover. The Express Finish Toaster from Café takes form and function to a whole new level. Known as the high-end custom line of appliances from GE, Café has put design in the front seat, from stovetops and refrigerators to this compact toaster with all the bells and whistles. Choose from matte white, matte black, or stainless steel, and enjoy extra-wide slots for toast, an LED display that lights up when your toast is ready, and an express toast mode that produces perfect toast in about a minute. cafeappliances.com
What if you could have a refrigerator with ultimate flexibility and multiple options at every turn? Sounds like a dream come true—and it is, with the Bespoke 4-Door Flex Refrigerator from Samsung. Customizable with eight different colors and two different finishes (stainless steel and glass front), the 4-Door Flex can be mixed and matched to create a one-of-a-kind appliance that suits your needs. Multiple function options like a built-in water dispenser and a built-in water pitcher, two types of ice, fridge-to-freezer conversion, high-touch antimicrobial technology, and flexible freshness make this fridge a true workhorse in any kitchen ferguson.com
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Riley Sheehey, a former elementary school art teacher and now a full-time watercolor artist, has taken the world by storm with her whimsical style and botanical prints. From surface design and hand-painted objects to collaborations with interior designers, retailers, and clothing designers, Sheehey’s artwork is inspired by vintage patterns, antique botanical prints, children’s literature, and the natural world. Her latest collaboration with interiors atelier Fleur has resulted in a collection of unique and feminine mirrors that bring out your inner little girl. fleurhome.com
Lighting design house The Urban Electric Co. is known for original designs and expert craftsmanship, all inspired by art, fashion, history, architecture, and pop culture. Each design is hand-crafted and finished in Charleston, South Carolina. And myriad customizable options make their products, like the Nyhavn Double Sconce, a go-to for design enthusiasts. With thirty-seven finish combination options and four shade types, the possibilities for a perfect match are endless. The versatility of the Nyhavn ranges from sweet and traditional to bold and modern. urbanelectric.com
Founded by mother-daughter team Anna and Nathalie Callis, London Basin Company was forged from a love of interior design and statement-making pieces. The show-stopping basin collections are inspired designs from around the world. Intricate patterns, delicate details, handcrafted creations, and even scalloped edges are the hallmarks of London Basin Company. Newest to the line is the Mini Collection, smaller versions of the full-sized counterparts, perfect for tiny water closets and cramped spaces. The Mini Aubrey, shown here, has a porcelain basin with a basket-weave textured finish inspired by the pretty woven rattan and seagrass baskets found across Asia. londonbasincompany.com
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Femme & Function, the newest collection from mosaic designer and manufacturer New Ravenna, is an ode to women. The line of handcrafted mosaics pays homage to the innovation of women throughout history, with twenty designs in stone and glazed basalto. Inspired by the legacy of women pioneers in functional art, the collection depicts interpretations of quilting, pottery, embroidery, weaving, and textiles with textured materials like tumbled stones and metallic-glazed basalto sprinkled with a dimensional palette that captures the essence and interplay of woven goods and embroidery. renaissancetileandbath.com
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Luxury bathroom brand Maison Valentina combines high-end design with ultimate functionality to create an elevated experience in residential bathrooms. From furniture to basins, every piece is thoughtfully crafted to generate a sensory experience, and the Colosseum Floor Mirror is no exception. The full-length mirror supported by a Nero Marquina marble base is accented with brass trim and built-in polished brass tubes. The oblong-shaped mirror rotates a full 360 degrees, making it flexible, functional, and beautiful. maisonvalentina.net
Crisp, clean, and modern, the Kirsi faucet in Midnight Chrome from Newport Brass is an innovative take on the classic chrome finish. Midnight Chrome is a specially engineered finish featuring a blackish-blue tint over a chrome base. The special finish includes a ten-year finish warranty to ensure a beautiful look that can last a lifetime. themajesticbath.com
The Lorino sconce designed by Julie Neill is a timeless piece perfect for many applications. “For this collection, I was interested in geometric shapes and their relationships toone another,” Neill says. “For example, on the Lorino series, I wanted to create a faceted gem-like form using a layout of interrelated squares and triangles.” With three classic finishes, two glass finish options, and an Art Deco shape, the Lorino highlights Neill’s innovative design and forward thinking. circalighting.com
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese concept of finding beauty in everything, especially imperfections or incompleteness in the world and nature around us. Mosaïque Surface, the leader in mosaic fabrication in North America, is using the concept of wabi-sabi in their latest collection, Rêve d’Orient. Inspired by the beauty of Eastern Asian culture, the line celebrates the organic flaws found in nature. Materials such as stones, metals, and glass are pieced together in the spirit of wabi-sabi to create a masterpiece that highlights the natural imperfections. mosaiquesurface.com
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Evoking an earthy easiness, the calming composure of these classic neutrals offers soft and subtle sophistication. Layers of sand and stone overtures a balanced and blanketing veil of serenity with a pacifying balmy caress and a lull of soothing quietude. A comfortingly hush retreat of meditative stability, this blend wraps surroundings in a restful reset and a collective deep breath of renewal. Multidimensional in its textural range of tone, these introspective hues pair well with others reflective of their naturally faceted range. Variegated notes of parchment, porcelain, almond, mink, flint, and smoke all muddle peaceably with this contemplative duo.
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MEET THE DESIGNER CHARLOTTE LUCAS KITCHEN SPLURGE “A Lacanche range. They come in so many fun colors and have beautiful brass details, making what could be an eyesore a beautiful design feature.” BEST DECORATING TIP “Make the kitchen feel like a room. Add art and warmth in little details, so it's a space you enjoy spending time in, not one that's simply to create meals, make a mess, and leave. I'm in the camp that every room in the house should be used to its full capacity and filled with special things you love.”
Designer Charlotte Lucas was tasked with transforming a Myers Park home addition, designed by Frank Smith and built by Phil Goodwin, into a spacious kitchen worthy of entertaining. “Our design goal was to cohesively merge the new with the old,” she says. WHAT SHE DID DITCHED TRADITION Rather than using a tile backsplash, Lucas opted for plaster. “Plaster provides a lot of depth,” she says. “There’s beautiful movement in the plaster material that we loved for this space that we wouldn't have gotten with tile.” ADDED METAL ACCENTS To complement the burgundy Lacanche range with brass details, Lucas incorporated the same metal accent in the island pendant by O’Lampia and sconces by The Urban Electric Co. TIED IT TOGETHER To keep the look cohesive and clean, Lucas used the same revered white marble from the kitchen island countertop for the recessed shelves. 34
KITCHEN DO “Have a mix of materials and a cabinet designer to help optimize functionality!” KITCHEN DON’T “Don't think about shortterm trends. Design for longevity, not current fads.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUSTIN PECK; PORTRAIT: KEVIN TITUS KLEITCHES.
BEST SOURCE FOR KITCHEN INSPIRATION “European kitchens are my favorite. I also frequently turn to the pages of Architectural Digest for kitchen inspiration.”
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KITCHEN SPLURGE “If you’re a big cook, splurging on appliances can be worth it. Otherwise, lighting. It’s my favorite splurge in most spaces, and it can give your room the wow factor it needs.”
KITCHEN FLIP A family in Cotswold wanted to transform their one-time dining room into a stylish, family-friendly kitchen. So they enlisted designer Jennifer Felts of Habitude Interiors and architect Jeff Sherer to make the transition a success. WHAT SHE DID REWORKED THE APPLIANCES The stove is traditionally situated in front of a tile backsplash, but Felts placed it beneath the oversized window facing the backyard. “With a sleek range hood, it works and can be a focal point.” MIXED METALS Felts combined matte black by adding plumbing fixtures with champagne bronze on the cabinetry hardware for accents. “The bronze pops against the cabinetry, and the black keeps the space feeling more modern, like the rest of the house.” WENT BIG ON LIGHTING Felts added the oversized pendants by Visual Comfort for a dramatic effect. “They are sleek, so they don’t detract from the view, but still have a big impact from a design perspective.”
BEST SOURCE FOR KITCHEN INSPIRATION “Instagram feed @concept_build is an Australian custom-home builder that I think does amazing kitchens if you love a more modern aesthetic. Their kitchens are minimal but with unexpected details that elevate the space.” KITCHEN DO “Built-in coffee stations and appliance garages are two of the must-haves for our clients.” KITCHEN DON’T “From a design perspective, a two-height island. Keep the island at counter height to allow the space to feel more open.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIN COMERFORD MILLER; PORTRAIT: JULIA FAY PHOTOGRAPHY.
BEST DECORATING TIP “Opt for fewer larger pendants rather than small lighting for a more dramatic effect.”
MEET THE DESIGNER CAREN BISTANY
KITCHEN SPLURGE “Cabinet hardware. It’s like jewelry for the kitchen.” BEST DECORATING TIP “The kitchen is an integral part of the architecture of the home and a room you live in. Take the time to plan your kitchen properly and thoughtfully with a professional.”
Kitchen and bath designer Caren Bistany is no stranger to whole-home renovations, and this South Charlotte home was no exception. Bistany was enlisted to gut and renovate the kitchen while maximizing the space's lake views. WHAT SHE DID GAVE IT A FACELIFT The kitchen renovation was part of a larger whole-home renovation, so Bistany’s finishes needed to mesh with the more modern, transitional aesthetic. She achieved this with white tile by Walker Zanger, sleek lighting by Visual Comfort, and vein-cut natural quartzite. CUSTOMIZED IT Bistany customized nearly everything in the kitchen, including the steel hood above the range. Its modern industrial look ties in with custom steel cabinetry doors, cabinetry hardware, and Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath plumbing. ADDED WARMTH Because the kitchen is heavy on its custom steel accents, Bistany warmed the space up with the addition of a rift-oak waterfall top on the bar. 38
KITCHEN DO “Mix materials and textures to add interest. I love to mix wood, stone, metal, and glass for a unique look.” KITCHEN DON’T “Selecting a material or product because everyone is using it. Keep your kitchen unique to you and your home.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUSTIN PECK.
BEST SOURCE FOR KITCHEN INSPIRATION “Architectural Digest Pro’s weekly emails have featured projects that I love to look at for inspiration.”
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As a self-described globetrotter, designer Ashley Ross believes that the interiors of your home should be a reflection of your travels and experiences. “Having visited four continents and fifteen countries, I will forever be inspired by culture—mine, yours, and every custom and tradition in between,” she explains. “There is so much beauty in experiencing the culture of others around the world.” Likewise, Ross loves to use her client’s upbringing and background as a starting point or inspiration for their design. “Home is a direct reflection of how and where we were raised,” she says. “Some clients � look back and take all the good from their upbringing and build from that. I find inspiration at the intersection of where my clients currently exist in life and the ideal life that they are envisioning.”
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The Edgertons love and use their outdoor living space often to relax and entertain. The sliding doors by LaCantina Doors disappear into the wall, resulting in a seamless flow from inside to out.
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ONE COUPLE LEANS ON DESIGNER MAGGIE CRANDALL TO DESIGN THEIR DREAM HOME IN MYERS PARK. TEXT BY BLAKE MILLER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTINA HUSSEY
LINDSAY EDGERTON AND HER husband, Brandon, never had any intention of moving from their Craftsman-style home in Myers Park. “We were just at the point where we felt like we were finally getting settled into the home, and it was exactly how we wanted it,” Edgerton says. Until one day, one of their close friends, a builder with MVP Construction, called them and told them about a lot for sale that backs up to Freedom Park. “It was only a few minutes from where we lived, it was located on a street we’ve always loved, and it’s by the nature museum. It checked all the boxes for us,” Edgerton says. The couple realized that what they thought was their forever home was actually not. So they sold their house, bought the house on the prime lot, razed the existing home, and began the design process from scratch. The Edgertons had worked with designer Maggie Crandall of Crandall Haus on their previous home, and they knew that they would enlist her again along with Mermans Architecture & Design 46
The large woven chandelier by Hudson Valley plays center stage in the sleek modern kitchen featuring an oversized quartzite island. Oak beams and white-oak flooring balance the black custom cabinetry, the counter stools by Gabby, and the metal shelves by Josh Utsey.
OPPOSITE: Crandall designed the downstairs basement bar using modern tile by Walker Zanger that runs to the ceiling to lengthen the height of the space. The pendants are by Four Hands. ABOVE: The extra-wide sofas by CR Laine feel more like beds and serve as a great place to curl up and relax. Instead of custom built-in shelving, Crandall added the two black cabinets from Crate & Barrel for extra storage. LEFT: Josh Utsey of Josh Utsey Design created and fabricated the stunning custom walnut ping-pong table located in the game area of the walkout basement. It features a laser-cut metal net and machined brass hardware on open metal box legs.
and MVP Construction. “Having Maggie on board from the very beginning of the building and design process was invaluable,” Edgerton says. Crandall felt the same. “Lindsay and Brandon really trusted me,” the designer says. “It makes the process a lot easier when there’s that trust and bond there from the beginning. The product turns out one hundred times better when you see the vision through to the end.” While their previous home skewed more traditional in style, the Edgertons knew that they wanted something a bit more streamlined, clean, and modern. “I think I was really stuck on that California vibe of lots of neutrals, browns, nudes, and blacks,” Edgerton says. “Our previous home always felt a little dark, so we really wanted this one to feel lighter and brighter.” To achieve the level of neutral her clients wanted without HOMEDESIGNDECORMAG.COM 49
Crandall wallpapered the wall and cabinets with a subtle Thibaut print to soften the cabinetry in the dining room. To keep the space casual, the designer chose a dark ebony table by Four Hands with woven dining chairs by Noir and host chairs by Worlds Away. The lighting is by Visual Comfort. OPPOSITE: Crandall designed the powder room with a hidden entry in the foyer so as not to disrupt the design of the entryway. The small jewel box of a space features wallpaper by Jennifer Latimer, a quartzite vanity, and lighting by Visual Comfort.
going overboard, Crandall layered varying textures and patterns to add interest throughout the home. “We did a lot of small patterns and, of course, a lot of wallpaper,” Crandall says. Instead of flat drywall, the designer opted for plaster on the fireplace surround and wall for extra texture. While in the adjacent kitchen, she chose to place a woven textured light by Hudson Valley over the island coupled with leather barstools by Gabby. “Even though 50
it’s all neutral, there is so much texture going on that you don’t notice the monochromatic tones.” Crandall’s close rapport with her clients continued to pay off during the design and build process. While the Edgertons expressed their desire for a more modern home, Crandall knew her clients well enough to know that what they really wanted was something that was more transitional with modern touches. “There are a lot
of traditional elements done in a more updated way,” she explains. “There are ceiling and wall moldings, which are more traditional, and plaster on the walls, but all of it is done with more modern lighting on top of it. I think it looks really sophisticated but still really fun.” In the downstairs game room, Crandall designed the vertical strips of white oak, a nod to more traditional shiplap detail. She took a similar approach in the owner’s
suite by adding shiplap to the ceiling. The custom fourposter bed by Kauffman & Co. is complemented with not one but two contemporary wallpapers by Schumacher and Jennifer Latimer. “Because there’s no color in this room, we wanted to add some interest with pattern, which we did with the wallpaper choices,” Crandall explains. Knowing that her clients trusted her implicitly and could be pushed in a more modern direction, Crandall HOMEDESIGNDECORMAG.COM 51
To keep the neutral living room flooded with interesting details, Crandall incorporated texture everywhere. The beaded chandelier by Palacek, accompanied with printed chenille chairs, oak beams, plaster walls, and a shag rug, adds an extra layer of detail to the neutral space.
ABOVE: The custom floating vanity in white oak by Against the Grain Woodworking gives a modern touch to the owner’s suite bathroom, while the white shiplap provides a traditional counterbalance. The sconces are by Visual Comfort, and the tile is by Walker Zanger. RIGHT: Like the rest of the home, Crandall maintained a neutral color palette in the owner’s suite. She added subtle interest to the room by incorporating two wallpapers: a Schumacher print behind the bed and a Jennifer Latimer print in the reading nook. The custom bed is by Kauffman & Co., and the chandelier is by Worlds Away.
chose contemporary lighting throughout the entire home. A beaded chandelier by Palecek hangs in the living room, while in the nearby kitchen, she added a large woven pendant by Hudson Valley and sconces by Visual Comfort. The same design choice occurred in the owner's suite, where a metal Worlds Away chandelier hangs above the bed. Having her client’s absolute trust helped Crandall effortlessly design the home she knew the Edgertons imagined when they first enlisted her help. “That trust is so crucial to the design process, and Lindsay and Brandon were great to work with,” Crandall says. Likewise, the Edgertons are elated with the result, not wanting to change a single thing. “Maggie just knows us inside and out, so we knew she’d design a home that was perfect for our family,” Edgerton concludes. u HOMEDESIGNDECORMAG.COM 53
The living room features some of designer Susan Hill's impressive design work and collaborations with local artisans such as Stephen Torrence, who fabricated the reclaimed wood shelves that Hill designed. The linear fireplace, also designed by Hill, features a breathtaking cantilevered concrete hearth coupled with a cantilevered marble and reclaimed poplar-wood ledge. 54
A DILWORTH FAMILY LEAVES THEIR ARTS & CRAFTS HOME BEHIND FOR A MODERN STUNNER DOWN THE STREET.
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THE HOMEOWNERS WERE READY FOR A CHANGE. When they bought their Dilworth home in 2010, it was an Arts & Crafts spec home with traditional architectural details and finishes. “At the time, it was perfect for our young family,” the homeowner says. “But because it was a spec home, we never got to pick out any of the finishes, or the floor plan, or anything, really.” As time passed, the couple hit a crossroads. Either they would update their current home with a more modern aesthetic—something they had always dreamed about—or start fresh with a new home and incorporate the more contemporary interior design they desired. Ironically, about the same time they hit this life junction, a lot just six doors down from their existing home came on the market. And the couple saw the opportunity to build exactly the home they wanted: a modern stunner with clean, minimal lines and finishes, and an open-concept floor plan ideal for everyday living and 56
entertaining. Working with builder Ram Construction, the homeowners began the design process, looking to achieve a more modern aesthetic than their previous home afforded. “Eventually, Ram realized that we needed more help with the design process, so they introduced us to Susan,” the homeowner says. Designer Susan Hill’s calling card is programming, as she likes to call it. She and her team assist clients with everything from the architectural details and spatial planning to lighting design and placement and interior work. It was Hill’s eye for details that led Ram to recommend her for the project, which would encompass a large number of custom details. “They had some very specific things they wanted to do, and I was brought on to help facilitate that,” Hill says. “Everything had to have clean lines, everything had to be functional and flow well, and yet everything still needed to feel cozy and comfortable.” As a family of five with kids ranging in age from six to thirteen, the couple needed the kitchen, the heartbeat of the
The homeowners wanted the powder room to be playful and fun, so Hill added the hexagon tile to the floor, which served as the inspiration for the space. The sconces are by Mitzi. OPPOSITE: The stairs serve as a major focal point of the entire downstairs and took eight months to design, fabricate, and install. Hill, stair vendor TLG, and others worked tirelessly to bring to fruition the homeowners’ vision of a white-oak stairway with linear shelving and a glass wall.
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home, to function perfectly for the way they live. “Because there’s no formal dining area, the kitchen island needed to seat the whole family for casual meals, homework, and daily activities. But there was only so much space for an island to accommodate that,” Hill explains. To expand seating, the designer included a waterfall quartz counter on the side facing the entryway “so that when you walk in, you see this beautiful stone.” On the opposite end, she left an overhang where another counter stool can easily tuck in for a fifth seat. Hill took a function-meets-style approach with the 58
cabinetry design and floor-to-ceiling storage to maximize space coupled with minimal (or no) hardware. To balance the cool blue tone of the cabinetry, Hill complemented with warm white-oak cabinets flanking the stove and on the island. “I pushed them a bit on color,” says Hill of the Sherwin-Williams Tarragon hue. “This is where clients really need to trust you. It’s a big leap of faith if you’re trying to convince a client to choose a color that’s a bit bolder than they’d do on their own. But they trusted me, and it turned out beautifully.”
ABOVE: Hill pushed the homeowners out of their comfort zone. Instead of gray cabinetry, she opted to use a striking blue hue, Sherwin-Williams Tarragon, for the floor-to-ceiling custom cabinetry. TOP: Carpenter Stephen Torrence brought Hill’s design of a slim, vertical wood-paneled wall stained in Rubio Havana to life in the breezeway from the kitchen to the mudroom. The install serves as a piece of art and is a focal point in the home. BOTTOM: Hill didn’t want to do the traditional mudroom with wainscoting or shiplap, so instead, she added horizontal, wide white-oak planks to complement the custom cabinetry. The flooring is by TVC Flooring.
Though they frequently entertain, the homeowners decided to forgo the traditional formal dining room and opted for a smaller, more casual breakfast area. The light fixture is by Sean Lavin through Circa Lighting. OPPOSITE: To keep the counters clean and uncluttered, the butlery houses the family’s oft-used small appliances in the same customblue cabinetry that appears in the adjacent kitchen. The floating shelves are by Mint Hill Cabinets.
The kitchen’s aesthetic, finishes, and color palette laid the foundation for the rest of the home. “It was really important to have that seamless flow from the moment you enter,” says Hill, who achieved that by utilizing white oak throughout. The custom staircase features white-oak treads and risers and is one example of why Hill was tasked with helping the homeowners early on. “They wanted a really unique look that included shelving as part of the stair design, as well as a glass wall. It was a lot of work logistically to make this happen. But as the focal point of the home, it was imperative to get it right.” After months of tweaking the design and nailing down the fine details, the architectural highlight was brought to fruition, resulting in a stunning modern accent that sets the tone for the home. Hill continued working her programming magic by designing subtle architectural details throughout, such as the custom vertical wood slat install fabricated by Stephen Torrence. “It functions like a piece of art that you walk
by every day and get to experience,” says Hill of the detail between the kitchen and adjacent mudroom. In the living room, Hill worked tirelessly to ensure that the linear fireplace worked logistically and spatially in the room. “As I started sketching, what I ended up designing was the cantilevered concrete hearth coupled with a cantilevered marble surround,” she says. A slim piece of reclaimed poplar wood was added as a ledge to soften the modern lines of the concrete and marble. To infuse warmth into the room, Hill included additional wood accents such as the reclaimed wood shelves, also by Torrence, which house some of the couple’s collectibles and coffee-table books. With the help of Hill, the home is exactly what the homeowners envisioned when they began the building process. “We loved our other home, and it worked for our family for a long time,” she says. “But this home is what we thought made sense for this stage in our lives. It’s the aesthetic we wanted. It turned out exactly as we envisioned.” u HOMEDESIGNDECORMAG.COM 61
COMING INTO THEIR OWN
To ensure that the six Romare Bearden paintings from the artist’s iconic Jazz Series were the focal point in the dining room, Ford chose a custom linear chandelier by Evan Wood. The low-lying backs of the Knoll Brno chairs keep the view open to the impressive art display. 62
DESIGNER BRONWYN FORD HELPS ONE COUPLE TRANSITION FROM EMPTY NESTERS TO URBAN DWELLERS WITH AN UPDATE TO A MODERN INTERIOR DESIGN. TEXT BY BLAKE MILLER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY FOLLOWILL | STYLNG BY ELEANOR ROPER
Ford placed some of the homeowners’ artwork in the foyer, like the Tower Horses photograph by Ken Van Sickle, purchased from SOCO Gallery, which hangs above an antique secretary and an antique drop-leaf table. Adjacent, a painting by artist Herb Jackson greets guests. OPPOSITE: Architectural designer Emily Bourgeois designed the powder room vanity, which was handmade by Eric Cockrell of Mudwerk. The dramatic walls are upholstered in a Knoll ultrasuede and serve as a neutral backdrop for the artwork by Donald Sultan. The lighting is by Arteriors.
AFTER TWENTY YEARS OF LIVING IN THEIR FOXCROFT home, the homeowners were ready for a change. “We loved our home but wanted to update it a bit,” the homeowner says. “We’d done a complete renovation of the home years before, but it needed another round, and we were deciding whether or not that was the route we wanted to go.” Around the same time in 2015, the couple read about a new development planned on Queens Road by developer Brian Speas. Nolen Place, designed by architect Ken Pursley, would be nine luxury condo units on a beautiful two-acre site in the heart of Myers Park. The couple wanted in. “Our girls were getting older, and we were about to become empty nesters,” the homeowner says. “We loved our home,
but it was just too big for us and, truthfully, we wanted a change. The idea of living in a more urban environment really appealed to us, too.” So instead of a whole home renovation, the couple sold their Foxcroft home and purchased the first residence in Nolen Place before construction even began. The couple knew they needed help with the interior design, as they both wanted something modern and clean—a complete departure from the traditional aesthetic of their Foxcroft home. “They were so excited about reinventing their look,” interior designer Bronwyn Ford says. “They wanted to embrace living in this more urban space and let the interiors reflect that.” Part of Ford’s approach was HOMEDESIGNDECORMAG.COM 65
ABOVE: In the kitchen, Ford added the Ann Sacks mirror-tile backsplash on which she hung the custom metal shelf that she designed, which was fabricated by Hubbard Iron Works. She accented with sconces by Holly Hunt and Knoll Four Seasons Barstools in Atlas Lemongrass vinyl with a polished chrome base.
TOP: The kitchen was designed by architectural designer Emily Bourgeois and features a view of the outdoor patio. Richard Schultz 1966 Collection dining chairs for Knoll and an iconic Eero Saarinen Tulip Table are standouts in this space. Landscape designer Laurie Durden designed the patio landscaping.
BOTTOM: Ford designed the casual breakfast dining area with several iconic Knoll pieces, such as the Eero Saarinen Tulip Table with a Calacatta marble satin finish and the Saarinen Executive Chair swathed in a Knoll ultrasuede. She complemented the midcentury-modern items with the more traditional lines of the custom banquette by Morgan Chair. The lamp is by Barbara Cosgrove. HOMEDESIGNDECORMAG.COM 67
to utilize the couple’s collection of modern art as the springboard for the home’s interior design. “I love the challenge of taking a client’s artwork and finding a new home for it,” she says. “Interior design is a puzzle to me, and you work it out to fit pieces together perfectly. I love when I have some parameters to work with but some freedom, too. You give me these ideas; I put it all in my mixing bowl and give it back to you.” Adds the homeowner, 68
“Bronwyn has such a gift and an eye for design. We trusted her implicitly.” That trust helped the designer take the reins on the interior design and begin pulling together a cohesive, contemporary space that allowed her client's artwork to shine. Having worked as a consultant for American design firm Knoll, the husband was drawn to the company’s midcentury-modern furniture, which Ford knew would complement their artwork. “They
ABOVE: The simple but elegant owner’s suite bathroom features White Carrera honedmarble flooring as the base. Ford then added Visual Comfort sconces and an RH metal floating mirror to complement the custom vanities by Bill Truitt WoodWorks and the Knoll Eero Saarinen Tulip Stool. LEFT: Ford created an ethereal, relaxing owner’s suite with the custom bed by Morgan Chair. The bedding is from Bedside Manor, and the draperies are by Opuzen Gent. The floor lamp is by Robert Abbey.
had some really beautiful and iconic midcentury-modern pieces,” Ford says of items such as the Eero Saarinen Tulip Table and Womb Chair and the Richard Schultz 1966 Collection dining chairs. To create a more collected and warm space while simultaneously avoiding oversaturation of midcentury modern and contemporary furnishings, Ford seamlessly pulled in some of her client's existing antiques and more traditional pieces. “When you start mixing
things like a bed from RH with a cool modern sofa from Design Within Reach with a vintage chest you found at a flea market, that’s when things get interesting.” Then, using Pursley’s stunning architectural detailing as the blank canvas, Ford began layering and mixing old with new, neutrals with subtle pops of color. “Ken’s architecture is definitely more traditional, so we couldn’t go all modern in this space; it wouldn’t look right,” Ford says. HOMEDESIGNDECORMAG.COM 69
Architect Ken Pursley designed Nolen Place. Units such as this one feature stunning architectural details like the cathedral ceiling in this guest bedroom. Ford designed the custom headboard and wall, which seamlessly tie in with the custom bed frame by Morgan Chair and the upholstery by Bernhardt. The nightstands are by Made Goods, and the lamps are by Jamie Young. OPPOSITE: Pursley designed this small nook in one of the guest bedrooms as a cozy seating area. Ford added a simple but luxurious daybed with a trundle by Lee Industries swathed in Farrow Midnight Blue fabric to highlight the dramatic architectural lines.
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The neutral backdrop was ideal for highlighting the homeowners’ art collection, as well. “They have this beautiful collection by Romare Bearden, the Jazz Series, which was split up in their previous home,” Ford says. “But I felt it would have more impact if we kept them together.” So the designer grouped the six paintings, creating a dramatic
focal point in the dining room. “When we first started talking about where those pieces would go, the thought of putting all six together was almost like, ‘Oh my gosh, is that too much goodness in one place?’ But it works so nicely together.” So as not to detract from the artwork, Ford added the low-lying Knoll Brno chairs and the custom HOMEDESIGNDECORMAG.COM 71
Ford wanted to infuse her client’s personalities into the decor. In the husband’s office, Ford hung the homeowners’ framed guitar signed by all members of the Eagles. A Julian Chichester Danish credenza serves as the bar, while a pair of club chairs by Verellen is ideal for cocktails. The lighting is by Visual Comfort through Circa Lighting. OPPOSITE: The upstairs landing works well as a game table for drinks and entertaining. Mitt chairs by Bernhardt surround the custom “ticket table” Ford designed using the homeowners’ collection of ticket stubs. The table was fabricated by Steve Morgan. The Arco Floor Lamp is by Flos.
linear chandelier by Evan Wood, which provides ample lighting but nearly fades away amongst the colorful art. Ford designed the rest of the home similarly, allowing the artwork to shine while the midcentury-modern furnishings play a supporting role. The vanity, custom-designed by architectural designer Emily Bourgeois and handmade by 72
Eric Cockrell of Mudwerk, coupled with the upholstered walls in Knoll’s ultrasuede in the powder room, allow the spectacular artwork by Donald Sultan to pop. In the foyer, Tower Horses, a dramatic photo by Ken Van Sickle, purchased from SOCO Gallery, hangs prominently above an antique secretary and an antique drop-leaf table. On the adjacent wall
hangs a bold, modern piece by Herb Jackson that the homeowner purchased through a private collector. “As the design process went on, they started to get a bit edgier in their artwork collections,” Ford says. “That drove a lot of the design, too.” Looking back, the homeowners would gladly allow Ford the freedom to design their home over and over again. “Bronwyn
took out all the clutter for me, literally and figuratively,” the homeowner says. “She really understood and respected that we wanted to maintain the integrity of some of our past but couple it with something new and fresh in this home. She truly just gets it, and we love everything about this home.” u HOMEDESIGNDECORMAG.COM 73
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When the clients approached High Cotton Home Company about the job, their primary request was for a design that was both welcoming for guests and efficient for family. After gaining a general feeling of how the clients wanted the home to function and their needs for each space, Ennis and Harper took the wish list and worked collaboratively with the family to pull together a design perfectly suited to their needs. “We met at the showroom as the home plans were being drawn up and helped make changes to the flow and layout,” Ennis says. “In March 2020, they broke ground, and we were
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When Eric Ennis and Jennie Harper, designers at High Cotton Home Company, work hand-in-hand with a client, “We seek to create a casual yet refined aesthetic with designs built around complementary textures and layers,” Ennis says. So when a couple from South Carolina wandered into the store while shopping for furniture in Charlotte, they immediately connected with Ennis and Harper. Embarking on the beginning phase of building a custom home and wanting to create their dream space, they were looking for assistance in every aspect of the design.
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able to walk through the structure. It was fun to see everything come to life as we presented a full-furnishing design plan at that meeting. And then the rest fell into place, including finishing touches and a beautiful custom-sized rug.” Because High Cotton Home Company came in early on the new build, they were able to walk the client through all of the finish selections along with the furnishings, wallpaper, and window treatments. The clients wanted a clean and simple space, free of overcomplicated design elements, that felt like a resort experience when walking through the front doors, from the foyer to the covered patio and stunning pool. The aesthetic was built around layers of textures, prints, and fabrics in a neutral palette, accented with bold pops of various blues
and yellows. Contemporary, sleek lighting fixtures and warm gold finishes give the home a streamlined yet cozy ambiance. They perfectly complement the clean architectural details of the ceilings, cabinetry, and the mirrored wall in the custom bathroom. “We worked closely with them on the timing of the project and managing the calendar, so we were able to make all the choices thoughtfully and consciously without rushing,” Ennis says. “We also maintained a close eye on production times for furniture and made sure we were ordering well ahead. And given how the pandemic affected the furniture industry, it was a good thing we did! We were able to get every last piece ordered and delivered in time for move-in.” u
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“The house had a gorgeous view of the golf course, but the kitchen was small, dark, and dated. We were challenged with some odd angles and the inability to expand spatially, so we used a few tricks to make the space feel larger and more streamlined,” owner Jody Kurtz says. Though Kurtz often pushes clients to consider colored cabinetry, the client had chosen white, so they compromised with the installation of a pale-blue arched pantry door for a pop of interest, as well as the addition of porcelain countertops
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As the light begins to shine on a post-pandemic world, the value of home is more apparent now than ever. Fresh off a year of hunkering down in quarantine, many are casting a critical eye over their living spaces and reconsidering what does and doesn’t work. And skyrocketing lumber costs coupled with a seller-friendly real estate market are making renovations on current properties a more appealing option over new construction. Kathryn Lilly Interiors recently completed a total kitchen renovation for a client in Davidson’s River Run neighborhood.
“AFTER SPENDING SO MUCH TIME AT HOME OVER THE PAST YEAR, MORE PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING TO REMODEL.” —JODY KURTZ with mitered edges to create the illusion of thickness. Turning up the countertops as a backsplash made a statement in the space, adding class through clean, sleek lines. Installing hidden storage created a seamless aesthetic while still maintaining easy access to everyday essentials, and oversized woven lighting created a fun statement piece to tie the area together. Kurtz replaced upper cabinetry in the bar area with brass bistro shelving and stunning marble mosaic tile to transform the space from drab to fab. She touts the addition of a customized Italian or French range, such as La Cornue or Ilve, to any kitchen remodel to set off the comprehensive design and ensure optimum functionality. Kurtz notes that while kitchens and primary bathrooms have continued to generate the highest demand for remodels, there is currently a surge in requests for full-home facelifts. “Living through the pandemic has the entire world viewing their lifestyle in a different light. After spending so much time at home over the past year, more people are choosing to
remodel to make their main living quarters feel like a retreat or a personalized escape. Though kitchen and bath remodels have outpaced other areas for years, we now have many full-house projects currently in progress.” Any remodeling project’s first and most important step is starting the process with a solid team that consists of a designer, builder, and, in some cases, an architect. The experts at Kathryn Lilly Interiors specialize in renovations and new construction projects. The team has developed a seamless approach to guide clients through the construction process, allowing them the peace of mind to relax while watching their vision come to life. Initially, Kathryn Lilly Interiors will meet with the client in their space to get a feel for the project scope and assess the client’s best operating practices. “Our team is constantly fine-tuning our process,” Kurtz says. “Some clients prefer to hand over the vision while others want to walk beside us throughout the project, and we welcome both approaches.” u
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That’s my number one goal. Goal number two is to have a little fun with the design. Getting a little insight into the child’s personality always drives the look. When working on Hudson’s room, we went for a beach vibe mixed with a slight urban edge. Choosing a good bed was my first priority. This one has a metal detail that gives the room the urban vibe that
Hudson desired. Two drop pendants add character, and a fun piece of art immediately creates a focal point in the space. I wanted to mix in more texture and beachy colors, and the ombre bedding in shades of blue was the perfect choice. We worked with Detroit Wallpaper and artist Keith Keim to create a custom wave mural that we strategically placed in a corner, so it flows from one side of the room to the other. A painting technique over the top gave it an additional custom feel and the whimsy I was striving for.
“WE WENT FOR A BEACH VIBE MIXED WITH A SLIGHT URBAN EDGE.” When I think of the beach, for some reason, my mind goes to the ’70s, so I was thrilled when we included a vintage-style dresser with a unique pattern on the wood. The dresser pulls together the wood tones throughout the room. A simple old-school “smiley” pillow resting on the wooden hand chair adds the perfect finishing touch. This revamped bedroom was a big surprise for Hudson, and, as you can imagine, it was very well received. u
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This is how I like to visualize a new project, be it a new construction or a renovation. Asking homeowners about their lives and how they envision utilizing the space allows us to be creative and think about the result. Our lifestyles have changed over the past year, and at IMPACT Design Resources, our creative juices are flowing to meet shifting design trends. When planning a kitchen layout, the focus is usually on optimizing space, but the layout must also meet your individual needs; everyone is unique. My goal is to take an existing space and bring it to the next level in terms of function and design. When it comes to checking boxes for homeowners, cabinets with built-in specialty organizers and pullouts have become a “want” item. Organizing spices and cookie trays tops the list, and we take satisfaction in coming up with creative solutions you may not have thought of. On the rise are easy-to-clean, low-maintenance finishes and ways to combat germs. Clients are adding doors to cabinets and floating shelves, making it easy to maintain a germ-free environment. 88
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“LET US HELP YOU TURN YOUR BLANK CANVAS INTO THE MASTERPIECE YOU HAVE ALWAYS DREAMED OF.” It is no surprise that homeowners like to mix things up when it comes to the finish, color, and style of the cabinets in their homes. Clients are bringing the outdoors in, integrating different wood tones and species to create a calming effect throughout the home, and incorporating this aesthetic into kitchen extensions to fashion a more defined space that can function as a work or entertainment area. Start your project off right by discussing your thoughts and hopes with an expert. Let us help you turn your blank canvas into the masterpiece you have always dreamed of.u
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Beverly Fishman’s unique use of materials and form create powerful abstract pieces. In this exhibition, Fishman’s highly aesthetic, bright, bold paintings are reminiscent of classic midcentury hard-edge abstraction and influenced by the California light and space movement. Fishman’s multidisciplinary work explores the technological, scientific, and biological systems of perception and representation. Her works seek to provoke conversations about the ways people see their bodies and minds and how they create their identities.
A group exhibition, Summertime features paintings, sculptures, and works on paper inspired by the season of summer. Artists include J. Bardin, Charles Basham, Romare Bearden, Katherine Boxall, Dale Chihuly, Christopher Clamp, Raul Diaz, Susan Grossman, Lee Hall, Wolf Kahn, Kim Keever, Robert Kushner, Thomas McNickle, Robert Motherwell, Roland Poska, Manuel Reyna, Brian Rutenberg, and Esteban Vicente.
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A group exhibition curated by Hidell Brooks Gallery, Introductions introduces nine artists who have rarely (or never) been exhibited in Charlotte, including North Carolina artists Donald Martiny, Celia Johnson, Barbara Campbell Thomas, and native Charlottean Millie Sims. Each artist will show a collection of new works created specifically for this exhibition.
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