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Your Charlotte Area Real Estate Experts 2.645 M

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R E A WOODS MLS 3311080 | 6417 Woodleigh Oaks Dr.

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8406 Eagle Glen Way, Charlotte Liza Caminiti 704-526-6695


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Donna Anderson 704.607.6880

Maren Brisson-Kuester 704.287.7072

Lucy Butler 704.996.2423

Beth Carpenter 704.604.1453

Gayle Daly 704.996.5556

Bridget Graves 704.560.2311

Reba Hatfield 704.533.3489

Catherine Houghland 704.650.8528

Chip Jetton 704.608.1661

Laina Kafiti 216.577.7232

Becky McGrath 704.560.1124

Jane Mekik 704.315.8283

Peggy Peterson 704.904.6279

Catherine Turner 704.578.5551

Lisa Warren 704.806.1147

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Featured Homes

4607 Harper Court • Channing Hall • $1,140,000

5 BDR – 4.1 BATH, High-tech and stunning! Exquisite details and upgrades throughout. Gourmet open KT with Wolf, Subzero appliances. Former Builder’s Model. Whole house smart wired/Bluetooth, wireless internet on 1 network. Control systems right from your phone! Cathedral ceiling in MBR, 2nd laundry in huge master closet! Water softener & water filtration systems. 3 A/C units. Plantation shutters. Furniture and workout equipt negotiable. MLS# 3329111 – Catherine Houghland – 704.650.8528

609 Queens Road #B • Myers Park • $319,900

2 BDR – 2.1 Bath, Classic custom 1+ acre of level, landscaped & fenced lot. Fruit trees, garden area; pool. Graceful entry; Living rm perfect for a grand piano; tall ceilings & doors; big kitchen w/space for 2 refrigerators; big butlers panty & cook’s desk. GUEST room & bath on MAIN; plus billiard/game room. Master up w/ fireplace & huge closet& cedar closet. Big Laundry . Exercise room. Bonus wired as a media room. 2nd kitchen area by master; workshop; Walk up attic finished for 3rd floor expansion. MLS# 3296311, Lisa Warren – 704.806.1147

3030 Arsdale Road • Cureton • $357,900

4 Bedrooms – 2.1 Baths , Rocking chair front porch & private wooded lot characterize the setting for this open floor plan home in sought after Cureton. Gleaming hardwoods, high ceilings & fresh modern paint invite you in. Huge chefs kitchen with granite counters, SS appliances, gas cooktop, wall ovens & abundance of cabinets. Breakfast bar opens to family room with gas fireplace & wall of windows. Light filled sunroom and Large paver patio, lush landscaped yard w/ fire pit provide best in outdoor enjoyment. MLS# 3317659 , Reba Hatfield – 704.533.3489

1820 Waxhaw Marvin Road • $1,375,000

5 BDR – 4 BATH, Quality built home on 20 acers w/barn in Marvin area. Enjoy 14.5 fenced acres of pasture/trees. All acreage benefits from low county & agricultural property taxes. Hardwood floors, elegant moldings, gracious formals, cozy Family room w/media niche. Updated Kitchen includes new painted cabinets, stainless, granite, tile b/s, fireplace & wet bar. Huge Mud/Laundry room w/drop zone area. Spacious Master w/sitting & updated Bath. 3 add’l baths are updated. 3-car Gar. Lovely screened porch & patio. MLS# 3255609 - Peggy Peterson – 704.904.6279

2086 Kings Manor Drive • Highgate • $1,199,000

5 BDR – 4.1 Bath, Classic custom 1+ acre of level, landscaped & fenced lot. Fruit trees, garden area; pool. Graceful entry; Living rm perfect for a grand piano; tall ceilings & doors; big kitchen w/space for 2 refrigerators; big butlers panty & cook’s desk. GUEST room & bath on MAIN; plus billiard/game room. Master up w/ fireplace & huge closet& cedar closet. Big Laundry . Exercise room. Bonus wired as a media room. 2nd kitchen area by master; workshop; Walk up attic finished for 3rd floor expansion. Watch VT! MLS# 3285483, Bridget Graves – 704.560.2311

2757 Loch Lane • SouthPark • $2,985,000

5 BDR – 5.3 Baths , Unique custom home on ALMOST 4 ACRES of privacy, just 5 minutes from SouthPark. Open floor plan. Incredible views from every room of the lake and pool, surrounded by woods. The covered porch has a stone fireplace and connects to the tremendous terrace with expansive views. Cook’s kitchen has a keeping room and opens to the great room- all overlooking the grounds. Mahogany paneled grand den. Luxurious wet bar. Rustic wine cellar. Rec & exercise room. A true master retreat. Breathtaking property! MLS# 3267418 - Lucy Butler – 704.996.2423

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style 22 Table Manners market 26 Eye for Design palette 32 Berry and Bright profile 36 Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

features 43 Fabulous & Feature Worthy 64 A Design for the Ages


43 resources


78 La Maison Magnifique 82 Go Big or Go Home

14 From the Editor 92 Arts and Culture Spotlight 94 Advertiser Index

contributors 86 home remodeling Brad Little Opening Up 88 room service: Beth Keim Urban Vibe Sunroom 90 building a better home: Mary Ludemann Fireside

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Merriment and Magic


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ntertaining season is upon us. And nothing motivates me to spruce up my home more than a festive holiday party and seasonal decorating. Bring on the lights, crank up the music, set the table, and drape some garland. The most wonderful time of the year is here! It’s also the busiest time of the year, and our editorial team has been joyfully working on a gift just for you: a new editors’ piece we are calling Fabulous & Feature Worthy. In this Best of Guide, we have offered a new outlet for capturing high-style interior design in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Unwrap pages of inspiring design in a room-by-room feature that showcases the exquisite talent in our community (page 43). We also welcome you home for the holidays with an inside peek of a residence on one of the most festive tours in our city, the upcoming 40th Annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home tour. Gift giving is one of the most delightful parts of the holiday season, but it seems like it gets harder and harder every year to come up with an original gift. To help, we asked local interior designers, some of the area’s most creative minds, what they enjoy giving, and wow, did they deliver! Be sure to check out their fun, out-of-the-box ideas that are perfect for everyone on your list (page 26). As we gather (and linger) around the table this season, we fill our dining rooms with love and beauty. So we curated three tablescape styles which feature brand new fine china patterns that will elevate your entertaining and tabletop decor. From whimsical monograms to simple geometric patterns to nature-inspired forms, we’ve got you covered (page 22). The true elegance of the holidays is captured through celebrating new and old traditions, connecting with friends and family, and giving back. Growing up, my family always beautifully captured the magic of the season, and admittedly, I continue to take the tradition overboard in my home. Whether you prefer to keep the season subtle or bring on the glitter and glamour, Home Design & Decor is here to help inspire your own magic. Thank you for connecting with us, and cheers to celebrating the spirit of the season together!



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On The Cover: An updated dining room becomes a cover-worthy setting for holiday entertaining thanks to interior designer Heather Smith with Circa Interiors & Antiques.

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Publisher Mark Urbania Editor Angie Woods Editorial Director Ashley Hotham Cox Associate Editor Anne Marie Ashley Art Director Harriet McDowall PageCreations Production Administration Shelley Kemper Sales Fern Howerin Oonagh Murray Cheryl Nelson Writers Aleigh Acerni Page Leggett Brandy Woods Snow Contributing Editors Beth Keim Brad Little Mary Ludemann Photography Dustin Peck Social Media Eastpark Consulting Phone 704-585-8025 Fax 704-585-8130 President Mark Herrmann Urban Home Publishing

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Jennifer Shreero Designer Jennifer’s design aesthetic is clean, airy and elegant with a brightness of mood and an ease of livability. She brings her love of home, travel and family to each of her projects while helping her clients maintain their existing style and personality. She has a talent for blending colors, patterns and textures with accessories to create a distinctive space that reflect her clients’ personal tastes. Organized and detail oriented, she is able to combine style with innovation and function. She generates a warm and trusting relationship with her clients, and her ability to place furniture and accessories has enabled her to build a loyal client base. Jennifer is a mother of three girls and loves to travel, cook and spend time with her family.

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dwell The people, places, and things that elevate your home and living.

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Table Manners

Eye for Design

Berry and Bright

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

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style | tabletop


Manners Produced by Ashley Hotham Cox

Personal Touch Hand-cut crystal, monogrammed linens, engraved silverware, and gilded accents set the scene for a charming vintage-inspired soiree filled with whimsical patterns and contemporary colors. Clockwise from top left: Anthropologie Rediscovered Flatware / $36 for set of five / Fisheye Brooklyn Gold-Dipped Pink Pinch Bowls / $58 for set of two / Chateau Baccarat Degustation Set / $240 / Julia B. Quattro Mani Tabletop Collection / available in four collections / starting at $700 for set of 4 / William Yeoward Crystal Inez Carafe Bottle / $410 / Vietri Incanto Striped Scalloped Bread Plate / $112 /

Taking Shape The traditional blue-and-white scheme takes on a modern approach by employing minimalist design, gold accents, and clean lines to bring an architectural, geometricinspired element to the table.

Clockwise from top left: Luca Andrisani by Lenox Blue Azzurro Dinner Collection / CB2 Basket Bowl / $44.95 / Jonathan Adler Mykonos Satin Stitch Napkin / $24 / Jonathan Adler Nixon Cake Stand / $228 / Fferrone Margot Red Wine Goblet / $120 for set of two / Crate & Barrel Tour Wine Carafe / $99.95 / Mepra Due 5-Piece Cutlery Set / $152.20 / Mint Pantry Estrela Salt & Pepper Shakers / $38.99 / Best of Guide 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 23

Natural Curiosities Gilded leaf platters, brass branch servers, twig napkin rings, and foliage motif dinnerware take cues from earth’s organic shapes and natural variations to create the perfect enchanting table setting. Clockwise from top left: Jayson Home Branch Brass Servers / $75 / Robert Haviland & C. Parlon Daphne Dinner Service for Mottahedeh / available in six colorways / price upon request / Kim Seybert Beaded Placemats / Michael Aram Magnolia Medium Platter / $160 / L’Objet Han Spice Jewels / $185 for set of two / Juliska Amalia Full Body Red Wine Glass / $68 / Blue Pheasant Tara Napkin Rings / $68 for set of four /

market | gift guide

Eye for

DESIGN Designer-curated gift ideas for everyone on your list By Aleigh Acerni Don’t let finding the perfect gift add more stress to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We turned to local designers for expert (and exquisite) gift ideas that are always on point—even for the most design-conscious recipients on your list. Whether you’re shopping for the hostess or for something to wrap and nestle under the tree, you’re sure to find inspiration here.

“Who doesn’t love a great game, and especially a fabulous looking one you can display on a table? I love exploring the MoMA gift shop for all sorts of fun and unique gifts!” MoMA Design Store colorful backgammon set, $89,

Barrie Benson Barrie Benson Interior Design

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“A special gift I love to give is vintage barware with a bottle of Italian Amaro. On the card I’ll include a note or recipe for my favorite cocktail.” Dorothy Thorpe set of eight glasses with ice bucket and carrier, $425,

“These colorful cheese knives are perfect for entertaining and are a great price! Wrap with a jar of truffle honey for the ultimate hostess gift.” Kip & Co musk cheese knife, $19 each,

Charlotte Lucas Charlotte Lucas Interior Design

“These whimsical coasters make great hostess gifts and pack a punch of color to any holiday party.” House of Harris cocktail coasters, $35 for a set of four,

“These fun wristlet keychains are just the right price. They’re stylish, functional, and in the event you take an Uber, you can unclip your keys and wear it as a bangle. Some people think of everything!” Reprotique wristlet keychains, $38,

Mary Tobias Miller “We learned very quickly that Goē Oil has a cult following. With twenty-eight uses ranging from moisturizer and eye makeup remover to hair styling gel and aftershave, this product is a sure hit for even the pickiest gift recipient.” Goē oil, $55,

Abode Home Design

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“Who doesn’t like to indulge in a little chocolate every once in a while? This sampler pack is a great gift option for those with a sweet tooth.” Videri Chocolate Factory 15-piece confections box, $42.75,

“These candles are always a charming gift option. With so many delicious scents to choose from, you can’t go wrong!” Nest Fragrances holiday classic candle, $40,

Elizabeth O’Neal Teal Interior Design

“It’s the perfect blanket made from all natural materials. If it’s something that will be used every day, it’s worth splurging on a bit of luxury.” Peacock Alley all seasons cotton blanket, $190,

Vicky Serany Southern Studio Interior Design

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“A statement necklace that adds casual sophistication to any outfit. The shell necklace is perfect for beach lovers!” Twine & Twig brass pendant necklace, $185,


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Berry and


Interior design by Miles Redd; Photography by Francesco Lagnese

From raspberry and ruby to garnet and aubergine, the warmth and intensity of blue-based berry reds have a dramatic effect. By Ashley Hotham Cox


rench your interiors with a succulent red that adds depth while exuding decadence and luxe living. Just take a look at the lacquer library renowned designer Miles Redd created. Choosing the right sheen will enhance a color, and in this instance, all the theatrics are out on display. From pops of vibrant fuchsia to subtle strokes of

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deep cranberry, the different shades of this rich, saturated hue works well with a variety of ambiences. As for textiles, lush cut velvets set a sensual tone while light-weight ikats impart a playful sophistication. This sumptuous color pairs nicely with complementary greens such as emerald and peridot. But to really indulge the senses, incorporate a rich dark chocolate into the space. It will leave your mouth watering.u

Clockwise from left: Fabrics: Robert Allen Helios Plaid in Fuchsia / to the trade / Kravet Polka Dot Plush in Plum / to the trade / F. Schumacher Samarkand Ikat II in Ruby / to the trade / Old World Weavers Piazza Mercanti in Raspberry for STARK Fabrics / to the trade / Kravet Reva in Berry / to the trade / F. Schumacher Pavone Velvet in Garnet / to the trade / F. Schumacher Shock Wave in Ruby / to the trade / Products: abcDNA Mohair Throw in Raspberry / $350 / Worlds Away Stella Bench in Pink / $1,385 / Murano Glass Trunk Box in Violet / $1,800 / Hollings Swivel Chair / $3,150 / Mimosa End Table in Gypsy Rose / $735 / Florence Broadhurst Yvan’s Geo Cushion in Magenta / $168.27 / FLAIR Home Collection Ice Bucket in Cinnabar / $750 / Best of Guide 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 33




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profile | design board

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips The English Room

“Travel is certainly the best source of inspiration for me. The different design styles and cultural diversity always fill me with ideas. Morocco and San Miguel, Mexico have been recent favorites. India is next on my list. But, most importantly, you must live with your eyes open and take in all the details. It can be found in the souks of Marrakech, a coffee table book, or an elementary school art fair. You must train your eye to see the beauty and appreciate it. Pattern and color palettes are around us constantly. We just need to look.”

Tips of the trade • Always mount your curtains all the way up to the crown molding or the ceiling. This will make your ceilings look higher. • Don’t forget the fifth wall. Use your ceiling as a way to add more color or pattern with wallpaper or a colorful paint. • An area rug that is too small can ruin a room. Twelve inches is the optimal distance for an edge border in most spaces. • When hanging a light fixture or chandelier over a dining table, place it thirty inches to thirty-six inches above the table to allow for a centerpiece.

Clockwise from top left: Clarence House Budapest Fabric / “One Way” Acrylic Painting by Page Davis / Rigaud Cypres Candle / Kate Spade New York Prescott Mobile Chandelier / Jacques Sheep Stool / Donald published by ASSOULINE / 36 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | Best of Guide 2017


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A mix of classic, modern and eclectic, this kitchen designed by Lisa Sherry Interieurs is white hot. Concrete countertops and zero upper cabinetry offset the classic Georgian moldings and window casings. Phillip Jeffries Bestowed Birch wallpaper and light pendants fashioned from Indonesian chicken baskets create interest. The kitchen faucet by Waterstone is in unlacquered brass so that it will age gracefully. Photography by Patrick Cline.

Fabulous & Feature Worthy

A Design for the Ages

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Fabulous & Feature Worthy Our Area’s Top Talent Showcased Room-by-Room. Produced by Angie Woods, Ashley Hotham Cox, and Anne Marie Ashley Written by Brandy Woods Snow

This spacious living room designed by The English Room’s Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is transformed into a cozy mountain retreat with shiplap walls and exposed beams that give the room a rustic feel. Natural light and a soft, neutral palette of light purples, grays, and textured whites impart a comfortable elegance that makes this the perfect place for family to gather and relax.


ot all renovations center on whole-home design. Frequently, more homeowners are turning to interior designers to focus on pieces of their home instead. It’s a terrific scenario for those looking only for a living room facelift or a kitchen update, but these amazing spaces have proven a challenge to Home Design & Decor’s commitment to

featuring incredible comprehensive home design. Until now. In the magazine’s first Editor’s Pick feature, we bring you our favorite rooms from interior designer submissions throughout the year. From bedrooms and living rooms to bathrooms and kitchens, peruse the best of what Charlotte has to offer, room by room, and find your own inspiration in these awe-worthy styles. Best of Guide 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 43

Make an



Below: Rich, stained woodwork offers a warm welcome to guests in this stunning Kannapolis home’s entryway. A glass top center table atop a sleek hide rug adds a soft element to the space while a stunning medallion print asymmetrical drapery spans the two-story windows, offering both privacy and interest. Designer: Lauren Nicole Designs

he entryway is the handshake of the home, the warm hug, the welcome home. And whether it be an expansive room or a small nook, the tone of the entire home starts here. From the elegance of rich hardwoods to the lighthearted functionality of an additional conversation spot, fabulous foyers are the perfect way to give guests an haute-design hello.

Photography by D Randolph Foulds Photography

Left: Style meets function. A mix of fabric and custom prints from High Point market, streamlined furniture silhouettes from custom-designed TUFT pieces, a Bargain Hunt ottoman, and accessories from Target and Marshalls offer not only an exuberant hello but also provide additional seating and storage for items like mail and keys. Designer: Danielle McKim owner of TUFT Retail + Interior Design Photography by Brian Douglas Works

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Left: High-style comes in small packages with this powder room where the design focuses on deeply personalized features. The one-of-a-kind sink is fashioned from a petrified wood bowl, and the vanity mirror is custom-crafted to fit the space. Local art from Lauren Reddick gives the small space depth, culture, and a pop of color. Designer: Swell Decor

Photography by Avtmarketing

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imited square-footage can’t stop big style when it comes to powder rooms. In fact, the small footprint is an ideal means for infusing dramatic pops of personality into the home. Bold wall treatments, colors, and wallpapers married with unique fixtures and artwork prove the old adage that dynamite comes in small packages.

Photography by Chris Edwards

Above: A mix of metals, wood, stone, and fabric fuses rustic with elegance in this powder room. The suede upholstered door with nailhead trim softens the hardness of the wood-wrapped room and stone sink. Mirrored bands situated between the planks infuse the space with natural light. Designer: Heather Smith with Circa Interiors & Antiques

Left: Reclaimed wood vertical paneling combined with Schumacher’s Featherfest wallpaper in “Leaf” and trout cabinet pulls give this powder room a rustic yet refined feel. A custom vanity with orb bridge faucet by Brizo and an oversized pendant light from RH add a touch of elegance to the natural aesthetic. Designer: Mary Ludemann with New Old Interiors Photography by Paul Rauch with Summit HD Media

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orking from home shouldn’t feel like a job, and it won’t with a smart, efficient workspace that maximizes square footage, boasts organizational tools, and dresses it all up with a glamorous style that flows seamlessly within the home’s aesthetic. Built-in cabinetry, uncluttered desks and filing systems, and adequate and beautiful lighting options elevate a standard study to a posh professional space.

Photography by Dustin Peck

Above: Layers of texture create warmth and comfort in this home office, making it feel put together without being overdone. A high-shine chrome desk and the hint of color on the silk velvet ikat pillows give the subtle palette a contemporary kick. Designer: Jenna Jackovich designer/owner of Stylefix

Left: Glazed dark wood built-ins and a burnished brass Brutalist-style chandelier gives the room a heavy, edgy quality while leather and linen treatments and an antique wool rug reveal the design’s softer side. The Parnter’s desk and shaped English armchairs make this a comfortable, accessible, and stylish work environment. Designer: Heather Garrett Design, Inc. Photography by John Bessler

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hether tucked into a nook in front of expansive windows or spanning the length of a modern kitchen, the breakfast area is a family gathering spot for anytime of the day. It’s a place to eat a quick bite, have a cup of coffee, complete homework, or simply have an intimate conversation while dinner’s on. Sleek, comfortable furniture and durable fabrics provide a basis for vibrant pops of color—in rugs, window treatments, or accessories—that personalize the family space, making mornings—and every moment in between—everyone’s favorite.

Photography by Brian Douglas Works

Top: A small space doesn’t mean small style. The rich colors of the AllModern rug serve as the design focal point while its style, along with the IKEA chandelier add a hint of Bohemian flair. As a contrast, the IKEA mirror, dining table, and AllModern chairs give the space a modern edge. The table with glass top is from Target and visually keeps the space light and airy. Designer: Danielle McKim owner of TUFT Retail + Interior Design

Right: When a soft, tonal color palette is used, layered textures can create dimension and interest. The Duralee chairs are upholstered in faux ostrich, which is both luxurious and durable, and the window treatments feature Lee Jofa embroidery in this Old Foxcroft home. The dining table is from Tritter Feefer, a renowned American furniture craftsman, offering full customization and commitment to earth-friendly practices. Designer: Traci Zeller with Traci Zeller Designs

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An Appetite for Glam


old. Classic. Eclectic. Cozy. Modern. Dining rooms come in all shapes and sizes and evoke a plethora of atmospheres. But one thread ties them all together. Every dining room is designed to dazzle guests by operating as the perfect backdrop to each dinner party, family meal, or extravagant event. And here, more than anywhere else in the home, a little extra glam is always appropriate.

Photography by Erin Comerford

Above: This classic blue-and-white dining room is crisp and clean with a touch of glam. The richly textured grasscloth, Ro Sham Beaux chandelier, and gold accents add luxury while the floor-to-ceiling curtains, Stark rug, and F. Schumacher upholstered Designer: Lisa Britt with Lisa Britt Designs

Photography by Ashley Walker DeLapp

Above: Bold patterns and bright bursts of color transform a neutral dining room canvas into a stunning star. The geometric Harlequin wallpaper, vintage console lacquered in Benjamin Moore “Citrus Burst,� Arteriors mirror, Modway dining table and chairs, and gold-toned chandelier from Lucent Light Shop make this dining room anything but boring. Designer: Ashley DeLapp Interior Design

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Left: Eclectic, exotic, and fresh, this dining room reflects the wanderlust of its well-traveled family. The wallpaper’s oversized Asian-inspired flower in lilac and pungent coral is diffused for softness with crisp white trim in Benjamin Moore “House White” and “Iced Lavender” ceiling. The purple crystal chandelier gives a wink to Murano, Italy’s artistic spirit, and a gallery wall from Charleston Artist Collective fully embraces the room’s vibe. The exotic “Folsom” rug from Stark adds a touch of wild. Designer: Holly Hollingsworth Phillips with The English Room

Photography by Dustin Peck

Right: Layers of texture, color, and fabric take this dining room to the next level. White slipcovers update existing chairs while black-framed chairs have been mixed in for contrast. Multiple layers of fabric on the table offer beautiful drape and shine, while a hand-painted velvet runner adds luxury to the table and accent pillows. An earthen-toned drapery frames the artwork and adds another layer of texture. Designer: Heather Smith with Circa Interiors & Antiques

Photography by: Chris Edwards

Left: Basketweave drum shades from Regina Andrew ground the room’s 14-foot ceilings, and the design filters light in such a way to impart a magical essence at night in this Eastover home. A reclaimed pine table, tailored linen chairs from RH, and a Persian rug create an air of casual elegance. Designer: Jenna Jackovich designer/owner of Stylefix Photography by Dustin Peck

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Heart & HOME


f the house has a pulse, you’ll find it in the kitchen – the true heart of the home. As the backdrop for intimate moments where home-cooked meals are prepared, homework is checked, and where family members congregate just to spend time with one another, the kitchen must fulfill a tall order, ensuring the utmost in function and style. State-of-the-art appliances, natural stone countertops, sleek cabinetry, and elegant light fixtures can pull it all together.

Right: Timeless design takes a twist with this departure from white cabinetry. Painted in Farrow & Ball Black Blue No. 95, the cabinets impart a deep richness to the design, punctuated by gold-toned Visual Comfort pendant lighting and Newport Brass plumbing. Wolf appliances and a rug obtained on a family trip abroad complete the cohesive design. Designer: Georgia Street Design Photography by Ariana Clare

Left: The Calacatta Manhattan honed marble countertops and butterfly matched backsplash from AGM Imports Granite & Marble and Harkey Tile & Stone are works of art that anchor the entire kitchen design of this Myers Park home and sets off the handcrafted blackened steel and stainless hood. Dutch Made cabinetry featuring Water Street Brass hardware (through Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath) and appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf complement the overall design. Designer: Caren Bistany with Bistany Design Photography by Dustin Peck

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Right: Nature sets the vibe for this modern mountain kitchen where the rustic warmth of barnwood and wide-plank hardwood floors marries the cool, clean lines of Marmara honed marble countertops. Designer: Holly Hollingsworth Phillips with The English Room

Photography by Dustin Peck

Left: The classic black-and-white pairing make a big impact in this streamlined kitchen concept. Black granite and marble countertops, black and iron cabinetry accents, and a black hood pop against an all-white canvas of painted upper cabinetry, walls, and soft-hued upholstery. Visual Comfort pendant lights and Conrad shades complete the sleek aesthetic. Designer: David Smith with Custom Interiors Photography by Jessica Glynn Photography Best of Guide 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 51

Right: The effect of this quiet color palette is anything but subtle. The understated geometric print of the Stark rug, elegantly-simplistic neutral upholstery and clean Tritter Feefer console table complements the room’s dramatic focal points: the chandelier with crystal finial, the striking Lee Jofa window treatments, and the custom artwork commissioned through Laura Park and Shain Gallery. Designer: Traci Zeller with Traci Zeller Designs Photography by Dustin Peck

Live & Let LIVE


f the foyer says “hello,” the living room says “sit down and stay a while.” Whether it boasts an elegant sitting group, a gallery wall of eclectic art, or a unique architectural element, the living room’s focal point draws guests in and establishes the mood of the space. At the intersection of the home’s comprehensive design, the living room blends colors, textures, and styles to create a space where visual impact and personal comfort are paramount.

Left: The gallery feel of this living room’s custom cocktail table and mirror with art tray, Visual Comfort light fixtures, and modern lines is warmed by an earthen-toned Stark rug and deep blue Hickory Chair sofa. Designer: David Smith with Custom Interiors Photography by Brian Douglas Works

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Photography by Dustin Peck

Above: A mix of personal items and family heirlooms were given a modern twist in this living room. A tufted ottoman was updated with an F. Schumacher velvet fabric and chairs were reupholstered in a chenille twill from RM COCO. Cross stools from Kravet, drapes from Cowtan & Tout, a Jonathan Adler fireplace screen, and original art from Jennifer Smith Rogers gives existing pieces a fresh edge. Designer: Rosa Dest with Rosa Dest Interiors

Left: The West Elm sofa was custom created by TUFT to bring in clean, modern lines and anchor the comprehensive design—a modern bohemian vibe, imparted through ShopSouthernSky+DozyRez pillows and vintage pieces, including the Lineberry cart-turned-coffee table. Gold lighting from AllModern adds a touch of glam. Designer: Danielle McKim owner of TUFT Retail + Interior Design Photography by Brian Douglas Works Best of Guide 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 53

Slumber in STYLE


ntimate and deeply personal, the bedroom marries comfort and personality to create a haven within the confines of the home. From new contemporary furnishings to refurbished antique finds, every element goes hand in hand to infuse a clean, modern aesthetic perfect for sleeping or simply relaxing in a place all your own. Punchy fabrics, artwork, and accessories smartly infuse the space with personality.

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Above: Avid collectors of art and antiques, the master bedroom in this South Park home is the perfect gallery space. The neutral color scheme of the Stark rug and Matouk bedding blends seamlessly with the hand-painted and gold-leafed antique bench and the painting “Loved Fully” from local artist Marcy Gregg. Designer: Swell Decor

Left: This Dilworth bathroom’s footprint was changed to complete the home’s renovation, with the water closet being relocated in order to install a larger shower and slipper tub. An inset double vanity, complete with multiple drawers and make-up area, provide ample storage space. Designer: Lisa Britt with Lisa Britt Designs Photography by Erin Comerford 54 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | Best of Guide 2017

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Above: Growing up is easy to do when it includes a custom-designed bedroom fit for a princess. The abstract Lindsay Cowells wallpaper and lotus drop pendent infuse a mix of golds and silvers in the space, creating a cozy, layered look. Designer: Maggie Yackel Crandall with Lucy and Company

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ith children growing as quickly as they do, smart design ensures a room that’s elegant, fun, and as transitional as they are. Functional furniture that doubles as hidden storage is the gold standard and bold wallpapers, murals, or accent walls are a terrific way to impart child-like whimsy into the room. By capturing the fun spirit of youth, the children’s bedrooms will become a favorite space that truly grows along with them. Photography by Christina Hussey

Above: An Etsy-sourced wallpaper creates the accent wall in this nursery where the colors are reflected in the ribbon banner crib skirt. A Gabby light fixture, Wesley Hall chair, and custom Moss Studio ottoman ensures this nursery will serve both baby and growing child for many years to come. Designer: Georgia Street Design

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Soak it In


he ultimate standard in personal luxury, the perfect bathroom offers a spa-like feel with the elegance of a five-star resort. Posh linens, sleek cabinetry, neutral palettes, and contemporary light fixtures and sconces create a clean, uncluttered aesthetic that invites relaxation with a soak in the tub, a moment to wash away the day and the stresses of the world while savoring the ambiance.

Right: Design details implemented by Pursley Dixon Architecture anchor the bathroom’s style and function. The inset for the double vanity and sleek cabinetry coordinate beautifully with the neutral-hued tile floor and romantic sconce creating a natural, spa-like atmosphere. Designer: Gray Walker Photography by Dustin Peck

Left: This Dilworth bathroom’s footprint was changed to complete the home’s renovation, with the water closet being relocated in order to install a larger shower and slipper tub. An inset double vanity, complete with multiple drawers and make-up area, provide ample storage space. Designer: Marianne Shannon with Case Design Photography by Deborah Scannell 56 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | Best of Guide 2017

Photography by Dustin Peck

Top: A subtle color palette, clean lines, and bronze hardware give this mountain bathroom a spa-like feel that tiptoes between modern and rustic. Designer: Holly Hollingsworth Phillips with The English Room Left: Home sweet resort? This Zen-like bathroom, expansive, open and accessible, offers its retired female executive homeowner the luxury of her extensive travels within the comforts of home. A custom vanity offers built-in internal power for hair utensils, a mirror with ample storage, a charging station, and night light. A zero-clearance shower entry ensures safety and accessibility for years to come. Designer: Christi Barbour with Barbour Spangle Design Photography by Dustin Peck

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Right: Reclaimed oak cabinetry was custom designed to stand up to both kids and dogs while offering a substantial and convenient storage option. An extra long bench ensures each child has ample room to slide on their shoes while a “drop zone” desk provides the perfect slot for the home computer and a “catch all” for mail and electronic devices. Natural slate floors from The Tile Shop, shiplap walls, and two oversize Circa pendents prove durability is the new chic. Designer: Mary Ludemann with New Old Interiors Photography by Dustin Peck

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functional back entrance shouldn’t skimp on style. Incorporating hidden closets and custom cabinetry to accommodate storage needs keep the aesthetic clean and streamlined, while architectural detailing, custom tile floors, and ship lap walls can add drama to a traditionally more utilitarian

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Style and function go hand in hand in this light, airy mudroom, which sets the tone for this entire Davidson home. Rich-hued original wide-plank heart pine floors and white tongue-and-groove ship lap create a streamlined aesthetic while Dutch Made through Bristany Design custom cabinetry and a flush hidden door to an expansive pantry offers storage without clutter. Desk chair and sconce are from Interiors Unlimited. Designer: Caren Bistany of Bistany Design

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ecreational rooms are the meeting point between family time and entertainment, where family members can relax together, watch TV, and play a game or two. Whether dark and rustic or light and contemporary, recreational room design must embrace comfort and coziness in order to become the family’s favorite getaway spot. Photography by Chris Edwards

Top: Customized on a budget, this man cave, dubbed “Dave’s Dungeon,” fuses comfort and convenience with a specially-designed sectional sofa that offers both traditional seating for the giant screen TV and bench seating for a game of billiards. All fabrics are washable, and cow hides from IKEA soften the painted concrete floor under the pool table. Designer: Heather Smith with Circa Interiors & Antiques

Left: Work and play collide in this family entertaining room, complete with study desk and shuffleboard. Ship lapped walls, Stark rugs, and a custom-designed barn door imparts a bit of Texas-style relaxed rustic in the space. Designer: Swell Decor Photography by Avtmarketing Best of Guide 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 59






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The home’s exterior has been described as “lodge-meets-Charleston.” The custom paint color, formulated by Frank Harrelson of Eastway Paints, signature lighting from Lantern & Scroll, and cedar portico bring warmth and hospitality to the front entrance. 64 Home Design & Decor Charlotte | Best of Guide 2017

Colorful History Meets Colorful Design in the Fourth Ward. By Brandy Woods Snow Photography by Dustin Peck


he eclectic Fourth Ward house with its colorful history was not what Richard and Marlene Moody had in mind when they started their house hunt, but it’s a classic example of how sometimes the best laid plans can go astray and often with the most fulfilling outcome. Knowing they were soon to become empty nesters, Richard and Marlene Moody began exploring options for a new home in 2013. “We felt the need for a change. I wanted a new construction, open floor plan, and a three-car garage,” she says. “That’s not at all what I got, but I couldn’t be happier with my new home and neighborhood.” Originally built in 1933 as a quadraplex, the Fourth Ward home they found came with a colorful history—in more ways than one. “Over the years, it became a speakeasy and then a painter’s gallery that was purple with 311 (the house number) in neon pink on the front door.” During the Fourth Ward rejuvenation in the 1970s, the home was renovated into a single-family space, and in 2007, the home underwent another remodel where the front facade and cedar portico was added. When the Moodys purchased the home in 2015, they immediately began renovating the house to their own tastes, eliminating the lingering reminders of the disco era, including the ‘70s-style Jacuzzi tub, track lighting, and popcorn ceilings. A jewelry designer by trade and founder of her own line, Hoopla, Marlene Moody harnesses that creative spirit in reimagining her home’s design. “Designing jewelry is all about combining colors and shapes with a few great accent pieces,” she says. “That really describes my new home decorating, as well.” So much so, her husband made her promise that the entire house would not be redone in her favorite turquoise hues. “We kept all of the paint colors very clean and

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This sitting area proves that less is more. A streamlined neutral color scheme accented with pops of teal keep the space easygoing, perfect for after dinner conversation and relaxing sans electronics.

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The concrete and wood table from Details pairs with Restoration Hardware chairs to lend a modern yet timeless aesthetic to the dining room’s neutral palette.

light in the modern greige tones. And true to my word, the furnishings and accents are every shade of blue, from robin’s egg to navy—not just turquoise!” Marlene Moody says she finds blues to be relaxing and calming, using her collection of pottery, glass, and paintings as a basis for the home’s cohesive color scheme. Although, she’s

been eager to punch up the blue palette with splashes of red and orange to create an overall design that is warm, casual, and inviting. Though the home is now converted to a single-family space, the original layout is still evident in some areas, including where the downstairs space is split with the living and conversation pit Best of Guide 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 67

The dark teal sectional sofa from Reinvented Charlotte lends comfort to the family room. The shagreen coffee table and media console both feature storage drawers to maximize space and style.

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Left Top: Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze base cabinetry, quartz countertops, a dual fuel Viking range and hood, and a twelve-inch subway tile backsplash complete the kitchen updates. Left Bottom: Ample natural light, a cozy fireplace, and a warm palette of neutrals, blues, and reds continue the home’s aesthetic from inside out, making this screened porch the homeowners’ favorite place to snuggle up and watch football while enjoying views of the Uptown skyline. Bottom: The Restoration Hardware vanity’s traditional style perfectly accompanies the basketweave tile floor. A custom walk-in shower replaced the 1970s-style Jacuzzi tub, while a hallway door was closed off to create room for a soaking tub with killer views of the Uptown skyline.

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on one side and the dining room/sitting area on the other, and a kitchen spanning the back of the home. A hallway divides the upstairs with three bedrooms and a bath on one side and the master suite on the other. A sitting porch off the master suite overlooks West 9th Street, and Marlene uses a small room off the front bedroom for her in-home jewelry workshop. “I love the quirkiness of the layout,� she adds. During their two years in the home, the Moodys have remodeled the master bath to include a walk-in shower, soaker tub, and vanity by Restoration Hardware. A custom walk-in

closet was also added to the suite to maximize storage capacity. Crown molding was added downstairs, and new cabinetry and a gas Viking range were implemented in the kitchen design. Modern fixtures, including a custom lighting installation at the front entrance by Lantern & Scroll, replaced all previous lighting. The remodels stretch beyond the square footage to the exterior, too. A custom color formulated by Frank Harrelson of Eastway Paint freshens up the home’s curb appeal, and a new cedar gate echoes the design of the front portico. Patios, walkways, and a coordinating storage building were added to the

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Top Left: The airy aqua walls and Pottery Barn Teen trundle bed’s custom neutral linens are paired with vibrant pops of color in the wall art and a specially designed chair to create a whimsical design that will leave guests feeling at home. Bottom Left: The clean, contemporary lines of the master suite are put together from key pieces the Moodys have collected over the years, making the space personal and cozy. The corner chaise lounge is a favorite reading and napping spot. Opposite: The foyer’s brick wall, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Red Oxide, and the gold-toned sunburst light fixture from High Cotton Home Company offers rich warmth to a palette of blues and neutrals. The clean lines of the furniture easily mix with any style.

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yard. As well, Greg Hill/Tartan Builders Group installed removable screens to the porch, allowing the Moodys to fully enjoy North Carolina’s beautiful weather. These remodels are only the beginning, as Marlene says the planning and design is a continuing consideration. “For me, decorating a home is an ongoing organic process. There really isn’t a final finished product. We are actually starting a new project this week.” That project—the installation of a built-in cabinet designed in collaboration with Greg Hill/ Tartan Builders to replace the dining area’s current display shelves—will be available for viewing at the Fourth Ward’s Holiday Home Tour that will feature a walkthrough of various houses, condos, and townhomes decorated for the holidays. The 2017 event marks the 40th annual home tour in the Fourth Ward and the home’s first appearance since 2009. While Marlene finds the prospect of having more than 2,500 people visit her home a little overwhelming, she is honored to be a part of the tour, as well as the everevolving history of the residence. “We think it’s important to give back to this special neighborhood and be a part of the fabric that binds it together. Living in an older home in a historic neighborhood has made us realize that we are just the current caretakers of the house,” she says. “And, like the previous owners, we aim to preserve it and leave it better than we found it.”u

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n the heart of Mecklenburg County, nestled in the immaculately manicured grounds of a five-acre estate, a hand-set cobblestone driveway transports guests to a world away—a world reminiscent of the rolling French countryside. This ambiance doesn’t wait at the door but travels throughout the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom maison, intertwining itself in the home’s intricate craftsmanship. “The impeccable property has unrivaled details, including master millwork, hand-painted frescos, authentic masonry, and hardwood floors,” Lisa McCrossan says, the listing agent for Ivester Jackson. “The moment you step inside, the European influence embraces you – from the kitchen’s AGA stove to imported stained glass doors in the carriage house.” Built in 1969, then extensively renovated in 2005, this Providence Road estate offers quiet, country living in an exclusive neighborhood. The expansive foyer, filled with natural light, offers guests a warm greeting space punctuated by a stone staircase that sweeps up to the second level. An oversized great room capped with wooden beams, a grand formal living room, and a gourmet kitchen infuse a sense of European rustic elegance. The elevated master retreat offers ample luxury and privacy, boasting separate dressing rooms, closet spaces, showers and water closets, and a private sun terrace that overlooks the pool and grounds. Commanding views from every corner of the home brings the outside in, allowing homeowners and guests alike to revel in the serenity and sanctuary of the estate. Several gardens — including a fern garden—and multiple patios provide perfect spaces to entertain. This Greenwood listing was the site of Ivester Jackson’s Fall Home & Garden Tour where more than a hundred

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clients gathered for an exceptional evening of wine, art, and networking, as well as a luxury market real estate update from Reed Jackson, managing partner of Ivester Jackson | Christie’s. Attendees also enjoyed touring the French maison’s extensive grounds. Currently on the market at $4.25 million, 8343 Providence Road is a sublime property in Ivester Jackson’s portfolio that rivals any home in the region. McCrossan and the Ivester Jackson team are dedicated to matching this phenomenal home with its newest owners. As one of the region’s most successful boutique real estate companies and with its affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate, Ivester Jackson can leverage a network of more than 1,300 other affiliate offices worldwide, thereby expanding its reach to thousands of luxury brokers and affluent international clients all while maintaining the personalized attention and branding of the local real estate office. “Ivester Jackson has always put special focus on client satisfaction, and our affiliation with Christie’s has only increased our ability to provide clients with the white glove service we’ve become known for,” Jackson says. “Our partnership allows us to reach the most affluent collectors of fine art and real estate and give them assurance in our highest standards of expertise and credibility.”u

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Rodney Hines doubles the size of his Furniture Connector showroom while maintaining its charm. By Page Leggett Photography by Michelle Jones


hen the building that housed The Furniture Connector (TFC) for eight years was sold, TFC owner Rodney Hines thought about downsizing but only for a minute. When he found showroom space in South End that was twice the size of his old space, he decided to go big or go home. “My mind ran with the possibilities,” he says. The 14,000-square-foot space doesn’t feel overwhelming. It’s easy to get a lay of the land from the moment you walk in the door. Furniture is mostly grouped into vignettes – a bedroom here, a living room over there – so you see how all the pieces could work together. There are some parts of the store grouped by category, too. “We wanted the new space to have a big rug presence,” Hines says. “We’re offering everything from hand-knotted to vintage to new, machine-made rugs. And – Ohmygawd – they’re gorgeous! Some of them are seventy years and older and have been bleached and then re-colored. Some of them are one-of-a-kind and at great price points.” Hines gets even more effusive than usual when he starts talking about rugs. “A lot of these rugs have what my husband, Mark, has started calling ‘POC.’ That’s Pop of Color. Every room needs a POC.” He’s increased his lighting presence, too. “Every week, we’re getting in more light fixtures. We like to do unusual and fun. I’d light up the world if I could.” Hines trails off mid-sentence when he sees an interior designer, one of his regulars, walk in. From the dreamy, cream sectional we’re sitting on (he calls it a “marshmallow cloud”), he invites Jessica Powell of Powell & Sullivan Design over to chat. She and her business partner, Jen Sullivan, consider Hines one of their key collaborators. “We’re their satellite home,” Hines says. Powell agrees and says they appreciate “the wide variety of fabrics in the store and the opportunity to be really creative.” And the joy of options. There’s an entire wall (on wheels) of fabric swatches in what Hines calls his “brother and sister” chair collection. He offers eight different chair styles and – wait for it – 800 fabrics in which to cover them. Every chair is $699, and that includes the custom upholstery with the fabric you pick. Hines and his staff love offering a good deal. He calls it “superstar pricing.” Hines, never one to follow trends, believes people should buy what they love. Though he may not follow the trends himself, Hines is still well-versed on “what’s in.” “Bohemian is strong right now,” he proclaims and points out

a few boho-chic statement pieces – a fabulous, tufted chartreuse headboard, for one. But for the most part, Hines curates four main looks for his store – industrial, modern, new traditional, and what he calls “retreat.” (That’s furniture he envisions in a beach, lake, or mountain house.) The design staff is as outgoing as Hines and always happy to consult – on a single piece, a room, or a whole house. “It’s not just about selling furniture,” he says. “It’s about helping you create a comfortable home.” In fact, comfortable is a good way to describe the shopping experience at The Furniture Connector. It’s a welcoming, no-pressure environment, and the sheer size of the place makes it likely you’re going to find something (or some things) you want to take home. Another plus, Hines has relocated to another happening street. He loved being across from Triple C Brewing on Griffith Street, but he points out that he’s now within walking distance of five watering holes: Olde Mecklenburg and Sugar Creek breweries, Good Road Ciderworks, The Broken Spoke, and Queen Park Social. Hines jokes: “I’m always gonna find my way to a brewery.”u

Stop in to visit The Furniture Connector’s new location at 129 Southside Drive. For more information, visit, call 704-523-3163, or follow TFC on social media at and @furnitureconnector on Instagram. Best of Guide 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 83

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B r a d L i tt l e


Opening Up


ear down this wall!” President Reagan exclaimed during his 1987 speech in West Berlin. He, of course, was referring to the Berlin Wall and his message was directed to Mikhail Gorbachev. Today, our design team is frequently repeating Reagan’s words, developing projects and plans that feature the removal of walls. Prior to the ’90s, it was still fashionable in residential design to split up public areas with walls, creating the illusion of a larger home with a higher room count. But home design and the way we live have evolved over the last 25 years. Kitchens have become a “living room” and the public areas that surround it are an extension of this hub of activity. I’m a big fan of open floor plans and all the benefits they offer, but I realize they’re not for everyone. Whenever I walk into a kitchen that has four walls, I’m immediately checking out opportunities

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for removal of at least one or two of them. I’ve generated a list of real-world examples to give you an idea of the benefits of opening up your home: That dining room you rarely use Having a closed-off formal dining space is great for dinner parties and holiday gatherings, but older homes with smaller kitchens can benefit from more elbow room. The kids or guests you can’t see when you’re in the kitchen Whether you’re entertaining or just getting through your daily meal routines with your kids, a kitchen with four walls has only enough room for one or two people. Removing a wall between the kitchen and living room keeps everyone within view. The large island you’ve dreamed about Removing a kitchen wall often creates an opportunity to feature a large, multipurpose island that becomes a place for everyone to hang out. Removing that dark feeling Depending on how your house is situated

and how the trees around you filter the sun, rooms that feel dark can lighten up once a wall or two is removed, allowing more natural light to flood in. Often, homeowners run into the question of whether or not the wall coming down is a load-bearing wall. If that is the case, a structural engineer needs to be consulted to design a plan to redistribute the load using engineered lumber or steel beams. Many times it means adding supplemental support to the foundation or the walls below as well. It sounds painful and costly, but in most cases the resulting improvements to a home’s design are well worth the effort. Sometimes it may be difficult to imagine how a space will look and feel with an open floor plan. What about furniture placement? What about acoustics? What about traffic patterns?

These are all valid questions that an experienced designer can help answer. All you need to do is be “open� to the possibilities!u Brad Little is the president of Case Design/Remodeling of Charlotte and has been leading a team of award winning designers and craftsmen since 2005. To view more of their projects and schedule a free consultation visit or call 704-759-3920.

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Contributing Editor Room Service

B e t h


here is something about an older house that just by nature makes it homier – the wider moldings, plaster walls, and wide plank flooring with all its imperfections. While building your dream house is exciting, there is something to be said for caring for and updating an older home. This particular Myers Park residence has all the character I love in an older home. My client wanted a sunroom facelift, and the first thing I noticed when I met with her was the amazing old casement windows. I fell in love and could not wait to start.

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While building your dream house is exciting, there is something to be said for caring for and updating an older home.

They wanted a casual, comfortable room for watching TV and lounging. I immediately planned a sectional in the corner for exactly that. I shopped the house and found a leather chair downstairs that needed a new home in this space. The room evolved from there with neutral shades and lots of texture. Mixing leather and shag with a brick wall and metal windows as a backdrop, I then pulled in two different light fixtures for either end of the sofa (in place of an overhead light and side lamps). I could picture myself curled up in the corner of that sofa on a chilly Sunday afternoon under that light with a good book and looking out of those beautiful large casement windows. We painted them black, and my client beat me to the punch and used a liquid gold leaf on the hinges! I love these windows, and I imagine myself in a New York City loft watching the street below or in a large open studio working on a new masterpiece. This room turned out just as I envisioned, evoking all sorts of daydreaming and comfort. Isn’t that what we all want when we come home?u Beth keim is the owner of Lucy and Company, a full-service interior design firm with a NEW location at 2108 South Boulevard, Suite 213. For more information visit or call 704-342-6655. Photos courtesy of Mekenzie Loli

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Contributing Editor Building a B e tt e r H o m e

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t’s fall once again. The weather is crisp, the leaves are turning vibrant colors, and the holidays are just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do this time of year is to grab a good book, pour myself a glass of red wine, and snuggle up in a comfy chair in front of a crackling fire. My love of fireplaces goes back to my childhood. I grew up in the snowbelt of western New York. We had a roaring fire in our fireplace nearly every night from October through April. To this day, the crackling of fireplace logs and the cozy warmth of a good fire bring me comfort and many fond memories. As a designer and builder, I love to put at least one fireplace in each of our homes. If I’m lucky, I get to put in more than one! Fireplaces can be so beautiful and so personal— each hearth and mantle design is unique to the homeowner. I love working with different materials and playing with different heights and proportions to achieve different looks. That said, there’s much more to a great fireplace than a beautiful design. The first and most important aspect of choosing a fireplace is functionality. You need to consider both your lifestyle and the type of fireplace you’d like to have.

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Everybody loves a crackling wood fire and most of my clients tell me they want a real, full masonry wood-burning fireplace right off the bat. However, once we discuss the logistics of a genuine wood fireplace, many change their minds and go with gas. Wood fireplaces are messy, time consuming, and a bit of a challenge to light. They require hard work, a place to store a lot of wood, and they tend to be more expensive to build. If you can’t give up your dream of having an authentic fireplace, a convertible unit might be the right option for you. We really like Isokern’s Magnum and Standard All Fuel Series. You can burn wood if you choose to, or you can use a fitted gas log set. The lack of a glass front really adds to the authentic look and feel. You could also opt for a gas fireplace with a glass front. Heat&Glo offers a great variety of products that heat effectively and efficiently. They are a breeze to operate and look so realistic that it’s very difficult to tell that they’re not wood-burning. If you just can’t decide which type of fireplace to go with, you can do what I did and put one of each in your home. You can have a genuine, crackling wood fire on your back porch on nights when you have more leisure time. Meanwhile, your gas unit inside can summon that dancing flame with just the flip of a switch on even the busiest of nights.u

Mary Ludemann is the founder of New Old and has been designing and building homes for over 12 years. To discuss your next dream build or renovation project, contact New Old at 704-975-5196. For more information, visit or email them at Best of Guide 2017 | Home Design & DecoR Charlotte 91

arts and culture

spotlight Three Person Exhibition Tony Hernandez, Amanda Talley, & Scott Upton Hidell Brooks Gallery

Through December 20

Charlotte Garden Club Holiday Program & Auction Mint Museum

December 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Small Works for Gift Giving Book Signing - Birds by Hunt Slonem The New Gallery of Modern Art December 13, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Influenced by the exotic, lush landscapes of his childhood and youth in Hawaii and Nicaragua, Hunt Slonem paints richly colored, impressionistic visions that are celebrated worldwide and particularly sought-after are his paintings of birds. Now for the first time, Slonem’s bird paintings are collected into a single volume, published in a lavish hardcover edition, as a follow-up to the exquisite Bunnies. In Birds, the Louisiana-born artist pays homage to these remarkable creatures through hundreds of engaging works. Meet the renowned artist in person when The New Gallery of Modern Art holds its book signing on December 13.

Opening Reception – Alejandro Cartagena: Home SOCO Gallery December 13, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

As part of a Charlotte-wide initiative to o bring contemporary Mexican photography to the city’s partnering institutions, SOCO Gallery will be featuring work by the renowned photographer Alejandro Cartagena from his “Carpoolers” and “Mexicana Suburbia” series.

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Charlotte Fine Art Gallery Through December 20

Susan Grossman: City Moments Jerald Melberg Gallery

Through January 6

Wine on Wednesday – Holiday Edition Mint Museum

Through December 20

Holiday Trees for Wildlife Wing Haven Gardens

December 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Exhibition – Hunt Slonem: Aviary

The New Gallery of Modern Art Through January 13

40th Annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour December 1 - 3

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